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THE ANGLER'S GUIDE 



RIVERS & LOCHS OF SCOTLAND. 



THE 



ANGLER'S GUIDE 



RIYEES & LOCHS OF SCOTLAND. 



EGBERT BLAKEY, 



AUTHOR OF 



• The Angler's Guide to the Rivers and Lakes of England and Wales 
" Hints on Angling ;" " The History of the Philosoi^hy of Mind ;" Sec, Sec. 



GLASGOW: 
THOMAS MURRAY & SON. 

JOHN MENZIES, EDINBURGH. — DAVID BOGUE, LONDON. 
. MDCCCLIV. 



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PREFATORY REMARKS. 



Angling is, unquestionably, one of the most ancient arts or 
amusements of which we have any record. It is mentioned in 
the books of the Old Testament. It is engraved on Egyptian 
remains of three thousand years old ; and, in the monuments 
from Nineveh, recently deposited in the British Museum, we 
have a representation, almost as large as life, of a man angling, 
with a rod and line, and with a fishing-creel on his shoulders, 
precisely similar in shape to those we use in Great Britain at 
the present day. The art is mentioned by Herodotus, one of 
the earliest Greek historians ; and Theocritus, a Grecian ang- 
ler, who flourished B.C. 270, treats of his favourite sport in a 
poem of considerable length. The Eomans fished with net 
and hook, as we do at present ; and a caricature of angling 
has been found among the remains of the City of Hercula- 
najum. 



— r>^^'^J^««0O/O 



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From the Christian era to the discovery of printing, there 
vrere many works written on the piscatory art ; most of them 
have, however, heen lost, or are now mouldering in manuscript 
in the chief public libraries of France, Italy, Spain, Holland, 
and other northern countries of Europe. Since the establish- 
ment of printing to the present day, there have not been fewer 
than from five to six hundred works written on the art, in the 
several kingdoms of the European Continent ; more than one- 
half of the number belonging to the English literature on the 
subject. 

But our own nation has taken a decided lead, from the ear- 
liest times, in disseminating a knowledge of rod-fishing in 
every quarter of the globe. There is scarcely a section of its 
surface, on which a Briton has set his foot, where the art is 
not known. There are angling clubs or societies in every 
country of Europe. The art is practised in all our extensive 
Indian territories; throughout the colony of the Cape of 
Good Hope; in various portions of Australia; and in the 
Canadas. In all the United States of America, — particularly 
in those of New England, — rod-fishing is generally followed 
as an amusement, and has been eloquently written about, as is 
manifest from the treatises and occasional papers on the sub- 
ject, which have issued from the pens of Washington Irving, 
Dr. Smith, Dr. Beecher, and the late Hon. Daniel AYebster. 
AYe see from the American newspapers that angling societies 
are formed in districts that lie a thousand miles west of the 
city of New York. In fact, the Anglo-Saxon race are destined 
to make angling a common and rational recreation all over the 
world. In their diversified misrrations, a fishino^-rod is now 



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almost as necessary an appendage to their outfit as the rifle or 
the pistol. 

As a proof of the vast increase in the number of anglers, 
both in this and other countries, we may refer to the fact, that 
forty years ago, there were not more than six or seven fishing- 
rod and tackle-makers and sellers in the metropolis ; now, 
there are between /or^y and fifty ; and no small portion of the 
business of these establishments, is the exportation of rods and 
tackle to almost every part of the civilized world. 

In reference to the present small work, on the Elvers and 
Lochs of Scotland, now offered to the public, I have little to 
say ; nor is there much required. I have told my own story, 
I hope in plain and simple language, and in my own fashion. 
I hold the opinion that angling should be lightly treated, and 
tliat nothing tends to depress the art, and make it a dull and 
lifeless thing to be written about, than the practice of compil- 
ing treatises upon it, like Parliamentary Blue Books, full of 
statistical and foreign matters, not in fair keeping with the 
end or object of rod-fishing. That end is chiefly to open out 
and stimulate the contemplative and reflective powers of the 
inward man; and to make him feel the delightful pleasures 
flowing from a free and direct intercourse with external na- 
ture. Unless this grand end be kept in view, and all our 
Avritten dissertations upon it have a reference to it, angling is 
not worth a moment's consideration. The moral and thought- 
ful habits ought to be the primary objects we aim at forming 
and strengthening, in every mode of describing and recom- 
mending the art. Besides, minute matters of detail can be of 
no real service in the acquirement of tlie art. Xo man can be 



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made an angler by books, any more than he can be made a 
shoemaker, a joiner, or a mason. It is a practical art, de- 
pending upon experience and imitation. What we have to do, 
therefore, in writing works upon the subject is, to induce men, 
and more especially youthful ones, to become anglers ; to lead 
them to contemplate the recreation as one, both physically and 
morally, of a healthful and improving character. This must 
ever be the chief end and recommendation of the art, and a 
test of the value of works written upon it. 



FEBRUARy 2, 1854. 



ANGLING EIVERS AND LAKES 



SCOTLAND. 



** Once more, North ! I view thy winding shores, 
Climb thy bleak hills, and cross thy dusky moors; 
Impartial view thee with a heedful eye, 
And still by nature, not by censure try. 
England, thy sister, is a gay coquette. 
Whom art enlivens and temptations whet ; 
Rich, proud, and wanton, she her value knows, 
And in a conscious warmth of beauty glows, 
Scotland comes after, like an unripe fair, 
Who sighs with anguish at her sister's air, 
Unconscious that she'll quickly have her day, 
And be the toast when Albion's charms decay." 

Aaron Hill. 



INTRODUCTORY OBSERVATIONS. 

As the angler travels northward, and turns his back 
on the rich and variegated scenery of England, he 
discovers, on entering Scotland, a comparatively 
bleak and open country, thinly ornamented with 
wood and hedgerows, and where high and naked 
mountains aspire to a towering elevation, and pre- 
sent a cold, yet romantic picture, varied by numer- 
ous streams and water-falls between the rocks. The 
whole of the northern portion of the kingdom is 



covered with high mountains, mth the exception of 
Caithness, the coast of Sutherlandshire, and a por- 
tion of Ross- shire. In the centre of the country- 
there are high and mountainous grounds, but there 
are here intervening valleys of great fertility and 
beauty. In the South, except towards th€ Eastern 
coast, elevated and wild tracts of land prevail, espe- 
cially from Glenluice to the Cheviot Hills. The 
lofty nature of Scotland generally gives rise to 
numerous precipitate streams, fonning also many 
occasional lakes or lochs, the waters of which, as 
well as the rivers, are remarkably limpid. Alto- 
gether, the disciples of the ^^ gentle art," who ram- 
ble from the South, will readily perceive that the 
scenery, as well as the manners and customs of the 
people, ^ire of a different cast from what are to be 
found in England. 

As I have elsewhere said,*^* there is, perhaps, no 
country in Europe, taking all things into account — 
its comparatively limited extent, number and length 
of streams, size of lakes, &c., &c. — so favourable for 
the purposes of the angler, as Scotland, Every 
little river, burn, torrent, or creek, however narrow 
its bed or limited its: range, is full af fine trout ; 
whilst at the same time the whole country abounds 
with immense quantities of the varieties of the noble 
salmon ; the fish, above all others, best qualified to 
afford the angler the most heart-stirring and refined 
amusement to which his art can aspire. 



* See Hints on Angling; by Pahner Hackle, Esq. London, 184G. 



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Scotland being but a small country, bounded on 
all sides but one by the ocean ; and being, more- 
over, very hilly and mountainous, all the waters 
wbich flow from its bosom have an easy, short, and 
rapid descent to the sea ; and these circumstances 
are favourable to the prolific powers of the trout and 
salmon, and are the cause of those remarkable faci- 
lities which the rod-fisher enjoys in every portion 
of the ^' land o' cakes." There are here no long 
tracts of flat country, tln-ough which drowsy rivers 
meander with a sluggish motion, and thus become 
comparatively unfit for the higher and more skilful 
species of angling ; but everything is rushing, rapid, 
clear, and sparkling, from the banks of the Tweed 
to John- o' -Groat's house. In ever}- direction, and 
in beautiful variety, you fdl in with the fine ma- 
jestic river, the limpid bubbling stream, the moun- 
tain torrent, and the silvery rivulet, with their count- 
less millions of salmon and trout, Avhich revel in 
unbounded freedom in their delicious waters, without 
a rival, and unconscious of any enemy, save the 
tyrant — man. 

But, rich as Scotland is in piscatory resources and 
facilities, this is not her only claim upon the atten- 
tion of the angler. There is a remarkable degree of 
ease and pleasure in angling in this coimtry, arising 
from another source. Scotland affords, in the first 
place, a comparatively open, and free field for the 
pursuit of this delightful and national amusement. 
Impediments aiising from exclusive reserves, and 
pet waters, are but of rare occurrence ; and the fair 



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and gentlemaiily sportsman ^dll experience bnt little 
interruption from obstructions of this description. 
Indeed, it may almost be said, that nuisances of this 
nature are entirely unknown in Scotland. On this 
account, all the movements of the wanderer are free 
and unfettered. The sport of angling is so univer- 
sally indulged in, that there is not a town or village 
in the whole country, situated near a river or stream 
of any kind, in which you wdll not meet with 
anglers of first-rate pretensions ; — ^men, too, who are 
far above any mean feeling of petty jealousy at your 
intrusion into their accustomed haunts, or your par- 
ticipation in their favourite amusement. In fact, 
despicable and unworthy feelings or sentiments of 
this kind can never be encouraged or even generated 
in a country where eveiy mere boy can go out and 
fill his creel with the finest trout in a few hours, 
and perhaps bring home half-a-dozen prime and 
delicious salmon, or salmon trout, into the bargain. 

But free and unrestrained as the angler's personal 
movements are in this country, compared with Eng- 
land, they are not more so than the movements of 
his tackle. Here there are scarcely any impedi- 
ments to the full and free use of the fly, arising 
from trees, or bushes, or underwood of any kind. 
The country is remarkably open ; and the rushing 
and impetuous waters of the fresh streams, scoop 
out for themselves such broad and capacious beds, 
that ample room is afforded for the full swing of the 
very longest line which a man can use with a rod. 
You may, in many cases, ramble down the banks of 



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a river for several miles, and never stumble on a 
single tree or biish. 

Another great advantage wliich the angler enjoys 
in Scotland arises from the fact, that he need not be 
so fastidious about the choice of his flies as he would 
require to be, or rather he would be compelled to 
be, in other countries, by the mere form of custom 
and prejudice. If you have any tolerably well made 
flies, and the waters are in good order, you may as 
surely calculate upon a good day's sport, as upon 
the appearance of to-morroAv's sun. In a word, dis- 
appointment can never be permanently, or even 
generally, experienced in this splendid fishing 
country. 

To impart something like orderly arrangement to 
our descriptions and remarks, we shall ideally divide 
the country into four chief compartments, making 
the City of Glasgow the centre spot of our imaginary 
fishing excursions. The First division is that of 
the South and SouTH-EASTERisr ; the Second, the 
South -Westeex ; the Third, the I^oeth and 
JS'obth-Westeej^ ; and the rourth, the Eastern 
and Noeth-E astern. 



PAKT I. 



SOUTH AND SOUTH EASTEEN BIVISION, 

Comprehending the Counties of Berwickshire, Peebleshire, Rox- 
burghshire, Selkirkshire, Haddingtonshire, Edinburghshire, 
llxlitiigowshilre, and lanarkshire. 



1^ 11 R W I C K S H I Pi e. 

THE RIVER TWEED. 

" I've seen tlic smiling primrose flower 

Among the "braes of YarroAv ; 
I've felt the cutting winds of March 

Among the hills of Ban-a : 
I've wander'cl Scotland o'er and o'er, 

From Bcauly to the Reed, 
But the bonniest spot to throw a line, 

Is the bonny — ^bonny Tweed." 

The Tweed is, beyond all question, the finest river 
in Scotland for either trout or salmon ; nay, we may 
almost venture to add that, take it as a whole, there 
is no river like it in all Europe. The angler can 
fish it with the fly perfectly unmolested, from its 
source to its mouth. During the first thirty miles 
of its course, scarcely a bush or a tree is to be seen ; 
nothing but the limpid stream winding its murmur- 
ing M^ay among the hills of considerable elevation, 
in many cases rounded as in a lathe, and covered 



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with tlic loveliest verdure to tlieir ver^^- summits. 
To an eye long familiarised to the soft and rich, but 
comj^aratively tame scenery of merry England, a 
ramble along the banks of the Tweed, in this section 
of its course, will afford a novel and truly delightful 
treat. Fine rippling rushing streams, as clear and 
transparent as the purest crystal, will attract the 
enraptured angler every fifty or sixty yards on his 
route ; whilst the broad channelled bed of the river, 
free from bush or twig, or impediment of any kind, 
will afford him every possible facility for casting his 
line, and landing his fish. If there be a single 
breath of ^dnd moving about these romantic hills, it 
soon frisks upon the surface of the glassy waters, so 
that, even in the brightest weather, the industrious 
angler can scarcely be disappointed of his sport. 
The supply of fish seems to be inexhaustible, for from 
16 to 20 dozen of trout, with a goodly sprinkling of 
salmon, are no uncommon results of a single day's 
work by an expert and persevering sportsman. 

Another great advantage which the Tweed pos- 
sesses, as a fishing river, to the general mass of 
anglers, arises from the circumstance, that all her 
tributarj^ streams afford an almost endless succession 
of splendid sport. They are all supplied in rich 
abundance with trout and salmon ; and as they flow 
from many opposite directions, they afford to the 
inhabitants of widely separated sections of the king- 
dom, the opportunity of enjoying the most delightful 
amasement in all parts of their waters. But, good 
as these tributary streams unquestionably are, as 



experience will prove tlieni to be, they are still not 
to be compared Avith tbe parent water. The angler 
will be compelled to acknowledge that tbe Tweed 
stands unrivalled, and that there are few streams — - 
we may almost say none — which can compete with 
this delightful fishing river. 

We have angled the Tweed several times, from 
its earliest risings to the town of Berwick. We 
have likewise fished sections of it, by three different 
routes. The first is from the source to the sea. 
This is the best, at least to our fancy. We never like 
wandering up a river, and could give, if necessary, 
a thousand and one reasons for not liking to do so. 
But, should an angler come from the South, by way 
of Carlisle, to try his luck in the Tweed, then let 
him stop at the Elvanfoot station, on the Caledonian 
Eailway, and walk over to the Tweed, which he 
will find among a cluster of alpine mountains, at 
about six miles* distance. Or, should he be at the 
village of Moffat, let him find his way to the Shaw's 
Inn, or Tweedshaws, as it is often called, and here 
he will meet with the river in its infant struggles 
through the mountain passes, follow it down, 
making such daily advances as his pleasure or time 
may dictate. We promise him, if he has the pui^e 
and simj)le feelings of a real angler, and has a mind 
susceptible of being affected with the sublimities and 
beauties of nature, he will not find that his labour 
has been ill requited. 

We have gone by another route to the Tweed. 
We have traversed, starting from Carlisle, the vale 



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of the Teviot, and reached the main river at Kelso. 
We have likewise set off from Berwick, and gone to 
Coldstream or Kelso by railway, and thrown a line 
on some of the intervening sections of the Tweed. 
Anglers from Edinburgh may reach the Tweed by 
Melrose, and those from Glasgow by way of Biggar, 
Circumstances must guide the angler as to the eligi- 
bility of each of these routes. 

But supposing that a touiist wishes to ramble 
doAvn the entire river, then he may commence fly 
fishing for trout, soon after he leaves Twcedshaws. 
In the spring, if it has been long very dry weather, 
the streams are rather too small and clear to do 
much execution, till you get below the Crooh Inn. 
Here the water widens a little, and gets fuller and 
deeper. We meet with longer reaches of still water, 
in which fish take shelter. They are, however, but 
small fish in this part of the river, and salmon and 
large bull trout are but seldom caught by rod. 
There are very fine streams and long pools of water 
from- the Crook to the junction of the Biggar water 
Avith the Tweed. 

The Heartstone mountain, near the Crook Inn, is 
a magnificent object. The river runs here through 
the hills in great beauty. Many anglers make the vil- 
lage of Broughton their head quarters in fishing this 
section of the Tweed. It is about a mile and half 
from its banks, and there is a good inn, long esta- 
blished, called the McQueen Arms, where there is 
good tare at reasonable prices. This village is seven 
miles from the Crook, and foiu'teen fr'om Tweed- 



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sliaws. As we come down tlie Mil from tlie village, 
and catch a first glance of the Tweed, the prospect 
is r^ry imposing. On every side lofty hills present 
themselves ; and the farm houses, and well culti- 
vated fields, round their base, and the plantations 
which skirt the mansion of Tweedy House, furnish 
one of the most beautiful sights that any country 
can boast of. 

The Biggar water, which enters here into the 
Tweed, is a fair fishing stream ; the trout not 
numerous, but rather large, and of rich quality. 
Worm fishing, in the hot and dry season of the year, 
is often practised here with great success. The 
brandling is the best bait, and next to it is the com- 
mon red worm. 

AYe have always found, in angling for trout in 
these higher sections of the waters of the Tweed, 
that in the months of March, April, and May, large 
flies are the most successful. They should likewisd 
be of a lightish colour, with good sized wings. The 
woodcock wing, with hare's ear body, is a general 
favourite with the resident anglers in these loca- 
lities. 

From the entrance of the Eiggar to the village of 
Stobo, there are some delightful angling streams, 
and reaches of still water. The ^dllage is pleasantly 
situated. The parish church is said to be full five 
hundred years old. Michel de Dunde, the rector of 
it, swore fealty to Edward I., at the town of Ber- 
wick, on the 2d August, 1296. The scenery in the 
neighbourliood is particularly interesting. The hills 



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are of moderate elevation, well wooded, and neatly 
arranged. The yalleys are in the highest state of 
cultivation, and the antique church stands by the 
margin of a small stream, which pours its limpid 
waters into the main river. The burial ground) 
containing the mouldering ashes of many genera- 
tions, is of great antiquity. A more sweetly seques- 
tered spot it would be difficult to find. 

There is a magnificent view obtained from the top 
of Dramore Hill, in this neighbourhood, over a spa- 
cious plain, which lies at the bottom of a deep basin, 
around which the Tweed winds its path. ^^Tot far 
off is the grave of the famed prophet. Merlin, who 
flourished in the sixth century. 

The river Lyne enters the Tweed at Barnes. Tliis 
is a delightful fishing tributary of the main water, 
and has a run of about twenty miles. Its streams 
are gushing and rapid, with deep holes and eddies. 
When the water is in order in summer — that is, is 
not too small and clear — there is excellent sport to 
be obtained. We have often taken large fish out of 
it, with red worm, in bright sunny days, when the 
fly was useless. Trolling, after a freshet, is deadly 
in this stream. The Tartli will afford a good day's 
angling when in full trim. 

The Manor river enters the Tweed a little before 
it passes IN'eidpath Castle ; a most beautiful object in 
the general landscape. There is, at certain times, 
capital trout fishing in this tributary. The whole 
of the river scenery is here of the most fascinating 



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character, and has often brought to our I'ecollection 
the lines of the poet Thompson : 

" And here awhile the muse, 
High hovering o'er the broad cerulean scene. 
Sees Caledonia in romantic view ; 
Her airy mountains, from the waving main 
Invested with a keen diffusive sky, 
Breathing the soul acute ; her forests huge, 
Incult, robust, and tall, by nature's hand 
Planted of old ; her azure lakes between, 
Pour'd out extensive, and of wat'ry wealth 
Full ; winding deep and green, her fertile vales ; 
With many a cool, translucent, brimming flood 
Wash'd lovely, from the Tweed (pure parent stream) 
To where the north-inflated tempest foams 
O'er Orca's or Betubium's highest peak." 

Peebles is a fine angling station on the Tweed. 
The river presents in every locality the finest ranges 
of angling water. The small tributary called the 
Eddlcston runs into it at this town. This feeder 
abounds with smaU trout ; and after a fresh in sum- 
mer tlie angler may ^ his basket with them in a 
few hours. We once tried the red-worm in its 
waters, when very low, and in the brightest weather, 
and took about six dozen out of it during the after- 
tcrnoon. Hut few of them were more than a quar- 
ter of a pound in weight. 

There is much to interest the lover of fine scenery, 
and the antiquary, about the town of Peebles, and 
the banks of the Tweed, above and below it. The 
most conspicuous object is IS'eidpath Castle, which 
is one among many of the strong castles erected in 



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former days in this part of the kingdom against the 
incursions of the English marauders. These build- 
ings were in the shape of square towers, three stories 
in height ; the lowest one, on the ground floor, being 
vaulted, was commonly appropriated for the recep- 
tion of cattle and horses in times of danger. These 
towers of refuge are placed alternately on each side 
of the river, and command a view of each. A fire 
kindled on the top was the ordinary signal of alarm, 
and by this simple means a large extent of countr}^ 
was readily called into hostile activity. 

" A score of fires, I ween, 
From height, and hill, and chff were seen, 
Each with warlike tidings fraught. 
Each from each the signal caught ; 
Each after each they glanced in sight, 
As stars arise upon the night, 
They gleam' d on many a dusky tarn, 
Haunted by the lonely earn,* 
On many a cairn's grey pyramid, 
"Where urns of mighty chiefs lie hid." 

— Lay of the Last Minstrel. 

PoUowing, with rod in hand, the course of the 
river, on its northern banks, we pass a succession of 
country seats, the grounds about which are culti- 
vated with singular care and neatness. The fishing 
waters, all the way down to Innerleithen, a distance 
of six miles from Peebles, are of the most favourable 
and inviting kind, both for salmon and trout. 

Ihverleithen has, of late years, become quite a 



* Scottish Eagle. 



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fashionable place for anglers and tourists. Its situa- 
tion is both healthy and beautiful. The Quair, and 
the Zeithen, both tributaries of the Tweed in this 
locality, are full of small trout, which are best 
obtained after a flood, when their waters have sub- 
sided a little, and have assumed an ale colour. We 
have seen both these streams nearly dr^^, in certain 
seasons of the year. 

Leaving Innerleithen, and passing down the 
Tweed, we come to Caddon Water , a feeder to the 
main river, containing small trout in great quanti- 
ties. The country is magnificent in every direction, 
and the fishing in all the various localities of the 
Tweed, is first rate. In the height of the angling 
season — that is, from the middle of March till the 
month of June — we find eveiy bit cottage by the 
river side, from Peebles downwards, that can muster 
a bed of any kind, occupied by some piscatory ama- 
teur. It is often amusing to see to what personal 
inconveniency, in the way of lodging, men of rank 
and fortune will put themselves, in order to pursue 
their favourite sport. 

We shall now, for a short time, leave the ^^ bonny 
bonny Tweed," and make an excursion from its fer- 
tile and beautiful banks, to other scenes, not less 
interesting, and fruitful both of sport and serious 
and profitable contemplation. We shall make an 
imaginary trip to Selkirk, which lies at a short dis- 
tance from the part of the Tweed we are now at. 
It is a capital fishing station, with an interesting 
looking country around it. The tour we purpose 



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taking the reader is to fish, the Yarrow and the 
Mtrich, two considerable feeders of the main river, 
and which jointly ponr their waters into it, a little 
above Abbotsford. 

Well, the distance from Selkirk to Moffat is thirty- 
fonr miles. JS'o coaches, nor railways, nor anything 
save the limbs, can assist us. Shall we ascend the 
Yarrow, and come down by the Ettrick, or ascend 
the Ettrick, and descend by the Yarrow ? It is 
Hobson's choice ; we decide for the first. We 
leave Selkii-k, and after about a two miles' walk, 
arrive at the entrance of the Yarrow into the Ettrick. 
The most magnificent scenery all around, and the 
landscape down the united streams, with Selkirk 
in the distance, is very imposing. 

A portion of the Yarrow is preserved for the first 
few miles after its junction with the Ettrick, but 
when the angling tourist reaches its free waters, 
near Broadmeadows, he will not be disappointed of 
a fair share of sport. But we must confess that the 
Yarrow is not quite to our fancy ; and one of the 
chief reasons for placing it low in our estimation is, 
that it has no long and deep reaches of water. It is 
too streamy. The declivity of its bed is too great 
from Loch St. Mary, out of which it flows. 'Eo 
river can lay claim to first-rate fishing qualifications 
that does not abound in long stretches of still and 
deep water. These are the natural places of shelter 
and protection for fish, and especially for large ones. 
These still and tranquil pools are the nurseries — the 
preserves — the batteaux — so to speak, that supply 



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the streams. The still sheets of water are never 
withont a large portion of trout, whatever may be 
their condition — whether turbid or clear — shallow or 
flooded. I^ow, in angling the Yarrow, we have sun- 
dry times noticed, that there is not one single piece of 
still water that trout would take shelter in for any 
length of time ; all is tumbling, broken, shapeless 
streams. For, to an angler's eye, it is requisite that 
a stream ever should have a certain shape — a con- 
tour — a physiognomy — a character — to solicit his 
attention and favour. Every disciple of the rod 
carries about with him an ideal figure of a perfect 
stream, where, in all rivers — under every parallel of 
latitude and longitude — he is morally certain to find 
the object of which he is in quest. This beau ideal 
of watery conformations is not a variable or uncer- 
tain thing ; it has in every one's eye the same gene- 
ral outline and expression. "We know that what is 
at this moment prefigured to our imaginations as the 
height of perfection, is the same as that which 
occupies the mind of every other angler in the king- 
dom, who is entitled to the appellation. A fine 
fishing stream has all the standard elements of per- 
manent beauty that appertain to the beautiful in 
every branch of art or science whatever. 

But we must take the Yarrow as we fimd it, and, 
with all its drawbacks, it is an interesting stream to 
throw a line in. The distance from its junction 
with the Ettrick to St. Mary's Loch is about fifteen 
miles, and the public road runs close to its banks for 
the entire route. They are generally lofty, and the 



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mind is kept continually upon the stretch by the 
constant succession of delightful landscapes which 
burst upon the eye from the numerous windings of 
the river. When the tourist arrives at Douglas 
bum, he may readily obtain a few fine trout out of 
it, by means of worm, should he feel so disposed. 
This small rivulet is a favourite haunt of the salmon 
and salmon-trout in spawning time, and many hun- 
dreds of them fall a prey to the spears and leisters 
of the poachers at this season of the y6ar. 

When the angler arrives at the vicinity of AUrivey 
formerly the residence of the late James Hogg, the 
poet, he must consider himself on classic ground. 
Whether the fish be taking well or ill, he must lay 
down his rod, look around him, and think of bygone 
genius, and the mutability of human affairs. Here, 
upon these very identical river banks, and in these 
very streams before us, some of the most highly 
gifted of men were wont to relax the severity of 
their intellectual studies by the rational hilarity and 
enjoyments of the rod. Should the tourist's personal 
experience, like our own, carry him back for five-and- 
thirty years, and should he have been so fortunate 
as to have ever thrown a fly, for a few hours, with 
Sir Walter Scott, Hogg, John Wilson, Sir William 
Chantrey, and Sir Humphrey Davy, how serious 
will be the train of his thoughts, and what a tender 
melancholy will insensibly steal over his spirit ! 
These most devoted and enthusiastic anglers, who 
have fiUed the world with their fame, have all, alas ! 
save one, quitted the stage of life, and he, it is much 



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to be feared, will never again throw a line on his 
favourite Yarrow. In the little parlour of the Inn 
by the roadside, the Gordon Arms, in this locality, 
many a most delightfal hour has been spent by these 
eminent men in recounting afresh their piscatory 
adventures on the varied waters of the neighbour- 
hood. It will be long before we see their like 
again. 

It is delicious to ascend the valley of the Yarrow 
in the month of June, when nature appears in her 
loveliest attire. The woods by the skirts of the 
mountains send forth the sweetest music. The 
blackbird and the thrush pipe their richest notes on 
'Hhe green- wood tree;" and the gentle cooing of 
the wood-pigeon falls with interesting softness 
from the surrounding groves. Here, too, we have 
the joyous lark, pouring a flood of melody in the 
solitary wilderness. The wild bees, likewise, hum 
among the honeyed blossoms ; and the scented 
wind, breathing over the fragrant heath, plays with 
the rustling foliage. 'Nov do all these fill up the 
interesting materials of the landscape. We have 
the soothing murmurings of the river as it falls over 
its rugged bed; the sheep grazing peacefully by 
the mountain side ; while on some distant part of its 
breast the shepherd may be seen, wrapped in his 
plaid, with his sportive dog at his feet, winding his 
way up the deep ascent. 

When the angler arrives at St. Mary's Loch, the 
general scenery impresses the mind with feelings of 
loneliness and solitude. This sheet of water is beau- 



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tifuUy described in the second canto of Sir AYalter 
Scott's '' Maimion." 

"Lone St. Mary's silent lake. 

Nor fen nor sedge 

Pollute the pure lake's crystal edge. 
Abrupt and sheer the mountains sink 
At once upon the level brink ; 
And just a trace of silver sand 
Marks where the waters meet the land, 
For in the mirror bright and blue 
Each hill's huge outline you may view, 
Shaggy with heath but lonely bare ; 
Nor tree, nor bush, nor brake is there, 
Save where of land yon slender line 
Bears 'thwart the lake the scattered pine. 
Yet even this nakedness has power, 
And aids the feelings of the hour ; 
Nor thicket, dell, nor copse you spy, 
Where living thing concealed might lie. 
There's nothing left to fancy's guess : 
You see that all is loneliness. 
And silence aids : though the steep hills 
Send to the lake a thousand rills. 
In summer-tide so soft they weep 
The sound but lulls the ear asleep ; 
Your horse's hoof- tread sounds too rude, 
So stilly is the solitude." 

This loch is about three miles in length, and, in 
some places, nearly a mile in breadth. The upper 
loch which joins it is called the Loch of the Lowes. 
It is about a mile in length, and is joined to St. 
Mary's by a narrow stream of a few feet in width. 
Both waters are well stocked with good-sized trout. 
Bull trout have occasionally been caught of great 



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weight. One in particular was killed by an English 
gentleman, in 1846, which weighed nineteen pounds 
six ounces. There are also pike, eels, and perch, in 
considerable quantities. 

The Ileggat, the main feeder of the loch, is a most 
fruitful stream for trout. It was in this water that 
Hogg, in some of his writings, tells us, that he once 
took out of it nearly a cart load of fine trout. "When it 
has been long dry weather, this stream becomes ex- 
ceedingly small, and will scarcely bear fly fishing ; 
but to take it after a few hours' rain, or when it has 
subsided into what is called half floods then is the 
time to fill a basket. The fish are generally of very 
fair size for such a water. Some of two pounds 
weight have occasionally been taken, even in the 
higher sections of the stream. 

The Chapelthorpe and Corse-cleugh streams, that 
enter the Lowes Loch, are likewise full of trout. 
To be successful in these small but prolific waters, 
attention must be paid to their state as to fulness, 
for, when very small in volume, it is of little use 
the angler troubling himself with them, except it 
be for the wildness and grandeur of the scenery in 
their respective runs. 

I have seen almost all kinds of flies used in this 
district, and with a fair share of success ; but I have 
generally found that the Yarrow requires good-sized 
winged flies, and a lightish colour is commonly pre- 
ferred to any other. There is here, however, no 
great nicety required ; such is my own impression, 
at least, from what I have myself seen and heard. 



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The angler should not visit St. Mary's without 
calling at the cottage of Mrs. Eichardson, known 
under the cognomen of Tiby Shiels, situated at the 
junction of the two lochs. Good accommodations 
can be had ; and though the house is small, and its 
embellishments of rather primitive cast, yet he must 
not be peevish or fretful, seeing that she can furnish 
him with a long list of Dukes, and Earls, and Lords, 
and Earonets, and Savans, who, in their piscatory 
excursions, have from time to time made themselves 
happy and cozy under her humble roof. 

After leaving St. Mary's Loch and its neighbour- 
ing streams, the angler cannot make a more inter- 
esting journey than to pass, on the main road which 
leads to Moffat, to the point where Loch Skene 
flows over the mountain edge, and forms the well- 
known cascade, called the Gret/ Mare^s Tail, and 
which constitutes the commencement of Moffat water. 
The walk through the defile of mountains is singu- 
larly grand and impressive ; and an effort should be 
made, at the proper locality in the route, to pay a 
visit to Loch Skene, where fine trout are to be 
caught, but not in any great numbers. 

After the angler is satisfied with this sheet of 
water, he may then pass off the Moffat road, at the 
left hand side, and endeavour to make his way 
through a very rugged and wild district, tow^ards 
the sources of the Ettrick. This is one of the most 
romantic angling tours which can be taken in Scot- 
land, inasmuch as it is singularly calculated to 
impress the mind with a deep sense of loneliness, 



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coupled with ideas of wild sublimity and power. 
A man holds here a somewhat strange communion 
with himself; he feels an overwhelming sense of 
strange joy. His own voice and his own movements 
seem odd and grotesque. He can scarcely for the 
moment realise that there are such things in exist- 
ence as great cities, full of people — splendid palaces 
— crowded streets — and the everlasting din of 
coaches and vehicles of all sorts, heard for miles, 
and which falls upon our ear like the distant noise 
of the ceaseless ocean. All these things seem like a 
dream to an angler in the Ettrick forest. All things 
around and about him are so primeval, solitary, and 
rudely beautiful, that he can scarcely entertain any- 
thing like a correct conception of his own position 
in the world around him. Talk of fish! What are 
fish to the vivid trains of strange thoughts that rush 
through the mind in this region of barren and rugged 
moorland ; and which give to the hopes and fears 
and emotions of the human soul such a singular 
phantasmagoric representation ! It is not the laden 
basket of fine trout, but the singular state our feel- 
ings are placed in, in traversing these desolate tracts 
of countrj^, that makes a journey through them ever 
deeply engraved on the tablet of the memory. 

As a fishing river, it is impossible to say too much 
for the Ettrick ; every part of it is well filled with 
trout, with a sprinkling of salmon. It is full thirty 
miles in extent from its source till it arrives at Sel- 
kirk. It has likewise several feeders of some extent, 
and possessing good fishing waters, especially for 



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worm, after a flood. The Timah and the Eankle^ 
burn are the chief of these. Whitlings have been 
caught in the Ettrick in the latter part of the year. 

In fishing down the Ettrick, should the tourist feel 
inclined, he may throw a line into several lakes in 
the high grounds situated between the Eankle-burn 
and a stream called the Ale. These small lakes have 
fine trout, of good average size ; and, when the 
weather is favourable, afibrd a fair portion of sport. 
The chief of these waters are Clear-bum, the Shaws 
loch, and Alemoor. We have seen four dozen of 
fine rich trout taken out of the last sheet of water, 
Tvdth a brown- winged fly, in less than three hours. 
We have heard anglers, who have often fished in 
these lochs, say, that they were always more suc- 
cessful when the wind blew from the east than from 
any other quarter. 

Having now completed the tour of the Yarrow 
and Ettrick, and arrived at the point of the Tweed 
from which we set out, Ave must descend further 
down this prince of rivers, and give a brief notice of 
the several sections of it, which require, and are 
worthy of, particular remark. 

The parts of the Tweed below Imierleithen are 
considered those which form the starting points of 
good salmon angling. This fish is not found in great 
abundance higher up in the river, but confines his 
excursions to those deep and broad stretches of water 
which afford him shelter, and which we more fre- 
quently meet with as the river approaches the sea. 
The rod-fisher will find that his sport for this noble 



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fish is in an inverse ratio to Ms distance from the 
month of the river ; and this rnle likewise regulates 
the market value of all the salmon stations upon its 
banks. 

And here it may be requisite to remark, for the 
especial guidance of English anglers, who often 
come to the Tweed entirely ignorant of the rules 
and privileges connected with their favourite amuse- 
ment in this part of the kingdom, that there is no 
substantial restriction put upon rod-angling for trout 
in any part of the Tweed ; but for salmon, and 
salmon-trout, the same liberty does not exist. The 
fisheries for the latter fish ai'e, collectively, of consi- 
derable value ; are regulated by Act of Parliament, 
and belong to various individuals, some of whom 
keep them in their own hands, and some rent them 
to others. The value of these difierent fishing sections 
of water depends upon their nature, extent, and dis- 
tance from the mouth of the river. In 1851, a 
station at Spital, opposite Berwick, of two hundred 
yards in extent, yielded a rental of £800 per annum, 
while there were many places of five times the 
extent, between Berwick and Innerleithen, that 
scarcely brought more than a five-pound note per 
annum. But the river is thus parcelled out into 
separate lots, whatever their value, and become sub- 
ject to the jurisdiction and rules of private property. 
Many sections of the stream are rented by profes- 
sional fishermen, who keep a boat, nets, &c., for the 
taking of the fish within their respective limits. 
These men make a trade of accommodating private 



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gentlemen with their boats, at the general rate of 
ten shillings a-day, with refreshments; and this 
arrangement affords facilities for strangers to indulge 
in this mode of angling, who would otherwise be 
cut off from its enjoyment. These boatmen are 
commonly very skilful anglers, and excellent guides 
to the haunts of the salmon. To gentlemen who are 
anxious to try their skill in this highest branch of 
the ^^ gentle craft," we would recommend them to 
place themselves under one of these boatmen, who 
will initiate them, in a short time, into all the mys- 
teries of the art of angling in the Tweed. 

What is connected, in the way of legal right and 
privilege, with the salmon fisheries on this river, 
apply, in substance, to all the salmon rivers in Scot- 
land. 

The waters about Abbotsford, and below it, to 
the mouth of the Gala, are excellent fishing spots, 
both for salmon and trout. The Gala itself is now 
but an indifferent stream for the rod. In hot sum- 
mers it is often quite dry for some distance from 
Galashiels ; and the manufactures now carried on 
in this town have gradually rendered the fishing 
of this feeder scarcely worth notice. Higher up in 
the Gala a few trout are to be had in certain 
states of the water. The Tweed, from Galashiels to 
Melrose, presents many stretches of water of great 
beauty, and which abound with fish at all seasons of 
the year. 

The famous Abbey is only a short step from the 
river, and its ruins are well entitled to a visit from 



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the angler. It was founded about the twelfth cen- 
tury. It unites the minute beauties of its peculiar 
architecture with the lofty and solemn grandeur for 
which it is remarkable, more completely than any 
other monastic ruins in the British Empire. Those 
unequalled models of delicate workmanship which 
Sir Walter Scott has so well described, and which 
particularly display themselves in the upper part of 
the building, excite the surprise and admiration of 
all artists. 

The stream called the Leader enters the Tweed 
a little below Melrose, and is well supplied with 
trout, and will richly aiford a day's angling when its 
waters are in fair order. The Rutherford water is 
the next feeder of the main river, and is esteemed 
as a first-rate water. The trout in it are larger, 
upon an average, than those in any other tributary 
of the Tweed. It is chiefly to the Eutherford 
stream that the members of the Tiviotdale Fishing 
Club resort when contesting for the annual prizes. 

The Tweed, from Melrose do wn to Kelso, is one suc- 
cession of admirable fishing waters, both for salmon 
and trout. There is scarcely one locality better than 
another ; they are all equally good. They are fre- 
quented every year by the first anglers in the king- 
dom ; and it is in this neighbourhood that they 
achieve the greater part of their piscatory triumphs. 

Having arrived at Kelso, which is a first-rate 
angling station, we shall here take breath, and pro- 
pose another tour to the great tributarj^ or branch of 
the Tweed, namely, the Tiviot, and all its chief 



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feeders. This is well entitled to the angler s atten- 
tion ; and we shall attempt to be his guide, com- 
mencing at the head of the water, or at that part of 
its main tributaries which join the English border. 
But we shall make a few prefatory remarks ere we 
formally commence our proposed ramble. 

The Tweed is Yerj beautiful in the neighbourhood 
of Kelso. In looking up from the bridge, the scene 
is very imposing. We see the junction of the two 
rivers — the ruins of Eoxburgh Castle ; in the fore- 
ground, the Palace of Fleurs, with its sloping and 
close- shorn lawn, and its drooping trees touching 
the surface of the waters. On the South side of the 
river we recognise the mansion of Springwood Park, 
with the light and handsome bridge over the Tiviot. 
On the Korth side is the town, extending along the 
banks of the river, with Ednaur House, and the 
lofty ruins of the Abbey, in the distance. 

The Tiviot runs through nearly the whole extent 
of Roxburghshire, conferring the name of Tiviot- 
dale on that portion of it through which it passes. 
This great arm of the Tweed rises out of the 
moimtain range on the south-west border of the 
kingdom, and flows a direct north-east course past 
Hawick, Denholm, to Eckford, and then joins the 
Tweed a little above Kelso. It runs a course of 
fuU forty miles. Its tributary streams are numerous, 
and are aU delightful angling waters, where the 
sportsman confines his ambition to small trout. The 
principal of these are the Allan j the Slitrig, the Jed, 
and the Kail, from the Northumberland border ; and 



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the Borthwich, and Ale, Selkirkshire. The whole 
course of the Tiviot is exceedingly beautiful. 
The valley through which it passes is very fertile, 
and the banks of the stream are often abrupt, 
lofty, and picturesque, and in many places stud- 
ded with gentlemen's seats. The part of the 
route of the river above the town of Hawick is more 
pastoral than agricultural. It is a good deal fished 
in the neighbourhood of Hawick by the manufac- 
turing population of the town. It is advisable to 
commence a short distance from it. In taking the 
general tour of the river, the angler will pass through 
the chief vale of Rule, and the principal mountain 
ranges of what is denominated Tiviotdale — the 
Dunian and Euberslaw. In this interesting ramble 
we perceive both sides of the river studded with 
interesting cottages and noble mansions ; the most 
distinguished of the latter is Minto House, the seat 
of the Earl of Minto. The scenery in the vicinity 
is exceedingly picturesque and beautiful, particu- 
larly from a spot called EarnhiU's Bed, which is 
said to have been the hiding-place of a famous robber 
of that name, to which circumstance and allusion is 
made in the following lines of the great Scottish 
poet : — 

*' On Minto' s crags the moonbeams glint, 
Wliere Barnliill hewed his bed of flint, 
Who flung his outlawed limbs to rest, 
Wliere falcons hang their giddy nest. 
For many a league his prey could spy — 



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Cliffs doubling on their echoes borne, 
The terrors of the robber's horn ; 
Cliffs, which for many a later year 
The warbling Doric reed shall bear. 
When some sad swain shall teach the grove 
Ambition is no cure for love." 

In the higher departments of the Tiviot, it is 
difficult for the mind to fix upon any particular spot 
of its banks more interesting and beautiful than 
others. There is quite a constellation of fine scenes. 
Isolated hills and mountains present themselves in 
defile, and project one behind another like side- 
scenes in a theatre. They are often intersected by 
small valleys and strips of land, divided, in some 
cases, by a small rivulet, which reflects upon its 
limpid waters the beauty of the trees and bushes by 
which its banks are adorned. Again we see other 
hills, which exhibit a mixture of the gloomy and 
the gay ; while those which appear at the back of 
the scene are veiled with magical effect in the trans- 
parent mist of the horizon. On the one bank we 
see verdant meadows rise with gentle slope to a dis- 
tant prospect, formed and bounded by small chains of 
abrupt mountains ; on the other we see jutting pro- 
montories, and bluff headlands, studded with clumps 
of dwarfish trees or shrubs, which give a most 
pleasing effect to the general landscape. It would be 
difficult to find rural pictures in which the pleasing 
and the romantic predominate with such a delightful 
alternation, and such perfect harmony. 

Leaving Carlisle, or some of the neighbouring 



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parts of the country on the English border, we cross 
the moors, and arrive at the sources of the Tiviot. 
The Lymy-Cleugh, and Prostly burns are two of its 
first feeders. These abound with small, but good 
trout, and are sometimes taken with worm, in the 
summer months, after rain, in great numbers. After 
the main river is increased by these rivulets, it be- 
comes a fair fishing stream, and yields capital sport 
to the fly-fisher. The streams are commonly com- 
pact, full, and rippling, and afford places of shelter 
for fish of some size. Passing down the stream, we 
come to where the Allan and Eorthwick waters join 
it. Both these tributaries abound with plenty of 
trout, of fair average size, and may be caught 
readily by the worm in summer weather, when not 
too low and clear. Their respective banks are inter- 
esting to the tourist, and many beautiful views pre- 
sent themselves, fitted to captivate the eye of an 
artist. jS'ear to Goldielands, where the Eorthwick 
joins the Tiviot, stands the interesting ancient border 
fortress, called Hardin Castle. In the front of this 
place there is a dark and precipitous dell, clothed 
on both sides with fine timber ; and in the recesses 
of which the Scottish freebooters of former times 
were wont to assemble for the division of their law- 
less spoil. This is alluded to by Sir Walter Scott, 
in his '' Lay of the Last Minstrel." 

" Wide lay his lands round Oakwood tower, 
And wide round haunted Castle Ower ; 
High over Borthwick's mountain flood, 
His wood-embosomed mansion stood. 



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In tlie dark glen so deep below 

The herds of plundered England low." 

When the tourist arrives at Hawick, a manufac- 
turing town of considerable extent, he will fall in 
with the Slitrig, a feeder of the Tiviot. It is only, 
however, in certain states of the water that this 
stream is entitled to much notice. Its trout are 
good, and some even of considerable size have occa- 
sionally been taken out of it ; but when an angler's 
time is limited, he must not trifle it away in doubt- 
ful and fitful streams. The main river, both for 
some distance above and below the town, is much 
fished by the manufacturing population ; but, after 
a good day's rain, I have seen capital sport obtained 
even in these much frequented localities. For some 
miles below Hawick the river is beautifully adapted 
for fly-fishing; and the streams are singularly 
enchanting to the angler's eye, in point of conforma- 
tion, and rippling expression. 

The Eule enters Tiviot nearly opposite Minto 
hills. Pine trout are to be had in it, and its banks 
are pleasing and diversified. The Ale joins the 
main stream about two miles below the entrance of 
the Eule. The Ale springs out of the high grounds 
of Selkirkshire, and has a considerable run — about 
eighteen or twenty miles. It is a good fishing tri- 
butary, and yields trout of fair size and excellent 
quality. 

The angler will find the banks of the Jed, in the 
neighbourhood of Jedburgh, very picturesque and 
interesting. The walk through the grove which 



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adorns the left bank, near the town, is a really 
delightful one. The Abbey, a place of great anti- 
quity, is best seen from the banks of the river. The 
angling in the Jed is good, particularly after a sum- 
mer's fresh, when the minnow and. worm will be 
found to do great execution. A fly-fisher must here 
practice the art of chucking his line underneath the 
trees and brushwood. 

A little below the entrance of the Jed into the 
Tiviot, we find the Oxnam water. It is not of any 
great extent ; but the main river about this locality, 
and for some distance down, is exceedingly favour- 
able for the general angler. These places aboimd 
with admirable stretches of water. 

The Kale tributary is a great favourite with all 
the anglers about Kelso and its vicinity, and deserv- 
edly so. It is full of fine trout; and when they are 
in the humour — and they are by no means sulky or 
capricious — they greedily seize everything in the 
shape of a fly presented to them. I^ay, when all 
shape seemed to have gone — when wings and body 
were torn to tatters — we have seen them rise at the 
bare hook as eagerly as at the most highly finished 
fly that ever came out of a London tackle-maker's 
shop. The Kale trout are, in fact, the most raven- 
ous and unscrupulous feeders we ever saw. 

Einding ourselves again at Kelso, there is a fine 
succession of streams and stretches of still water, for 
many miles below it. These have various names 
bestowed upon them by anglers of the neighbour- 
hood, but they are of no importance to the general 



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piscatory tourist. Some of these spots, bearing names, 
are great favourites with some anglers, while by 
others they are but lightly esteemed But the real 
truth is, that they are all excellent — excellent in the 
highest sense of the word. They are not to be 
equalled by any similar extent of water in the king- 
dom. Prom Kelso to the mouth of the Eden, a dis- 
tance of three miles, there is a succession of the finest 
streams and pools of water that an angler's eye can 
behold. 

He should, if possible, make a point of throwing 
a line into this small but interesting feeder of the 
Tweed. The most suitable spot for a short excur- 
sion to the Eden is at Ednam, distant about two 
miles from the main river, and famous for being the 
birth-place of the poet Thomson, the author of ^' The 
Seasons," to whose memory a column has been 
recently erected. The angler of literary taste can- 
not but feel a great degree of pleasure at visiting 
a spot hallowed by the memory of such a brilliant 
genius. The poet left this village in childhood, but 
he was ever afterwards remarkably attached to the 
banks of the Eden ; and it was probably from his 
early associations with this stream that he penned 
his well-known lines on the art of angling : 

" When, with his lively ray, the potent sun 
Has pierc'd the streams, and rous'd the finny race, 
Then, issuing cheerful to thy sport repair : 
Chief should the western breezes curling play, 
And light o'er aether bear the shadowy clouds. 
High to their fount, this day, amid the hills 



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And woodlands warbling round, trace up the brooks ; 

The next pursue their rocky-channel' d maze 

Down to the river, in whose ample wave 

Their little Naiads love to sport at large. 

Just in the dubious point, where with tHe pool 

Is mix'd the trembling stream, or where it boils 

Around the stone, or from the hollowed bank 

Reverted plays in undulating flow. 

There throw, nice judging, the delusive fly ; 

And, as you lead it round in artful curve, 

"With eye attentive mark the springing game. 

Strait as above the surface of the flood 

They wanton rise, or, urg'd by hunger, leap. 

Then fix, with gentle twitch, the barbed hook ; 

Some lightly tossing to the grassy bank, 

And to the shelving shore slow dragging some 

With various hand proportion' d to their force. 

If yet too young, and easily deceiv'd, 

A worthless prey scarce bends your pliant rod. 

Him, piteous of his youth, and the short space 

He has enjoy' d the vital light of heaven, 

Soft disengage, and back into the stream 

The speckl'd captive throw ; but, should you lure 

From his dark haunt, beneath the tangled roots 

Of pendant trees, the monarch of the brook. 

Behoves you then to ply your finest art. 

Long time he, foUoAving cautious, scans the fly, 

And oft attempts to seize it, but as oft 

The dimpled water speaks his jealous fear. 

At last, while haply o'er the shaded sun 

Passes a cloud, he desperate takes the death 

"With sullen plunge : at once he darts along. 

Deep struck, and runs out all the lengthen'd line. 

Then seeks the farthest ooze, the sheltering weed, 

The cavern' d bank, his old secure abode. 

And flies aloft, and flounces round the pool, 



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Indignant of tlie guile. With yielding hand, 
That feels him still, yet to his furious course 
Gives way, you, now retiring, following now, 
Across the stream, exhaust his idle rage. 
Till floating iJroad upon his breathless side. 
And to his fate abandon' d, to the shore 
You gaily drag your unresisting prize." 

The Eden rises near to Mellerstain Mill, and has a 
range of about ten miles. Its banks are covered in 
many localities with trees and brushwood, and, 
therefore, a short rod and line are required. It 
contains no great volume of water, for, even at its 
entrance to the Tweed, it may, in dry weather, be 
crossed by a good leap. The trout are fine and rich, 
and of fair size. The stretches of still water in it 
are full of fish. It is said that the salmon never 
ascend its waters, but that the salmon-trout do very 
freely. The Leet water, which joins the Tweed at 
Coldstream, abounds with fine large trout, but they 
are only to be taken when the water is in a certain 
state of fullness, and with the worm or minnow. A 
good part of its waters are preserved. 

The Tweed, from Coldstream, a good station for 
the angler, down to the Whitadder, is delightful 
fishing water, abounding with both salmon and trout. 
This feeder is an important one to the fishers on the 
Eastern coast, and is much frequented by sportsmen 
from many of the towns in the JS'orth of England. 
The Whitadder enters the Tweed about six miles 
from Berwick-upon-Tweed, and on its northern side. 
It is a noble stream, and fine salmon and trout are 



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taken in it, at all times of the year. The river has 
a run of full twenty-five miles from its higher feeders, 
near Blacker stone, till its junction with the main 
water. The fish are, however, but of poor quality, 
and run rather small. The Blackadder joins it about 
ten miles from its mouth, and about two miles from 
the village of Whit some. The trout of the Blackad- 
der are quite different from those of the Whitadder. 
The former are rich in quality, and of large size ; 
they are not, however, so numerous. Some portions 
of the Blackadder are preserved. 

There are some spots of singular beauty on the 
banks of the Whitadder. I have often ascended 
some of the more elevated of the hills which bound 
its course, above the village of Linton, and have 
been struck with the picturesque grandeur of the 
views. You see the river winding its way, like a 
crj^stal thread, amidst undulating hills and valleys, 
forests, meadows, country-houses, and church stee- 
ples. Sometimes you obtain a glimpse of the Black- 
adder skirting along a rich and comparatively level 
track, and pouring its waters into the larger stream. 
The eye dwells upon the varied prospect with 
enchantment. As the "Whitadder ascends further 
among the Lammermoor hills, it becomes narrower, 
and is frequently confined between two deep rocks, 
which force the waters into rushing streams, which 
again, after flowing short distances, form deep and 
wide pools, full to the brim of trout and salmon- 
trout. 

If we have angled the Tweed and its tributaries 



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with care, and in the genial and loving spirit of 
the true angler, we shall experience something like 
regret on leaving its banks. It is a noble and heart- 
stirring stream ; and it must be dear to the memory 
of all who, with rod in hand, have sauntered by its 
placid waters. In the language of the poet, let us 
bid it farewell : — 

'' Sportive young river, we've rambled together 
Over the mountain-moors, pui^pled with heather ; 
On, where the foxglove and bracken wave over 
The blackcock and curlew, the pewit and plover ; 
And down the rough rocks with a shout of delight, 
Where the wild elfin birches are dancing in white : 
And onwards again with a sparkle and splash 
To the dark, dusky woods of oak, alder, and ash ; 
And down deeper still to the green sunny valley, 
With frolic and laughter, with song and with sally. 

" Beautiful river ! full many a day 
In that green happy valley we've sauntered away. 
Watching the flight of the light cloudy shadows, 
Listing the low of the kine in the meadows, 
The chirp of the grasshopper, hum of the bee, 
And sweet loving song of the bird on the tree ; 
In a world of our own, without sorrow or sin, 
All peaceful around us, all peaceful within ; 
While gay pleasant fancies, profuse as the flowers, 
And musings of calm meditations were oui's." 

I^ow, leaving the Tweed, and turning our steps 
towards the north, along the sea from Berwick, the 
first stream we meet with is the Eye. It has but a 
short run of twelve or fourteen miles. Its waters 
are preserved from Ay ton bridge down to the paper 



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mills, a distance of about two miles and-a-half. The 
river is quite free from Ayton to its highest sources ; 
and after a summer fresh, the streams in this direc- 
tion will yield a fair portion of sport. Ko salmon 
or salmon-trout are found higher up than the paper- 
mills just mentioned, on account of a wier placed 
there, which eifectually obstructs the fish from 
ascending higher up the stream. The trout of the 
Eye are rich, and of average size. There are here 
and there long stretches of deep water, which are 
places of shelter for trout, and in which there is 
commonly good fishing when there is a curl on them. 
Red-coloured palmer flies are killing in the summer 
months, but winged ones suit best in the early por- 
tions of the spring season. There is often good 
sport in that section of the river, from the paper- 
mill below Ayton House and the sea, during dry 
weather and the prevalence of easterly winds. 
There are sometimes good baskets of trout taken 
here, especially out of the portions of deep and still 
water in this direction. The Eye is a good stream 
for worm fishing in fine weather, as its banks are 
well covered with brushwood. 

Should the angler keep by the coast towards 
Edinburgh, he will enter Haddingtonshire. This is 
not a first-rate locality for angling, but as it has now 
the facility of a railway communication from the 
English metropolis, its streams may become more 
frequented by anglers than they have hitherto 
been. 

The principal river is the Tyne^ which springs out 



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of Mid-Lothian, a few miles west from the county. 
In its course it passes the town of Haddington, and 
thence flows through the remainder of the Midland 
district, and falls into the sea three miles west of 
Tenningham House. There are very large trout in 
it. Several have been caught weighing six and 
eight pounds. There are also a good quantity of 
salmon, and many eels of great size. 

The other principal streams in Haddingtonshire 
are Coalstonej the £iel, Whitewater, the Fastria and 
the Peffer. These waters run but a short course to 
the sea, but they all have a good stock of trout ; 
only they are too small to suit first-rate fly anglers. 

The best flies are the palmers, the coachman, and 
blue duns, in these several minor waters. 

The angling in Mid- Lothian is of little moment. 
The principal streams are the Almond, the Leith, 
the Forth, and the Esh. The scenery in some parts 
of the last river is beautiful in the extreme, and its 
streams }deld some good trout, but they are pre- 
served in some localities. Salmon are to be found 
in considerable numbers in all of them. 

Trout are very early in season in the lower parts of 
the Esk. I have often witnessed fine dishes of fish, as 
red as in the month of May, caught in February or 
March, a little above Musselburgh. It is one of 
the curious questions connected with the natural 
history of the trout, the variation which takes place 
in their condition in the different streams of Great 
Britain. 



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The following song, by Sir Walter Scott, on the 
Esk, is worthy of transcription : — 

*' Sweet are the paths — Oh, passing sweet ! 

By Esk's fair streams that run, 
O'er airy steep, through copsewoods deep, 

Impervious to the sun. 

" There the rapt poet's step may rove, 

And yield the muse the day ; 
There beauty, led by timid love, 

May shun the tell-tale ray. 

" From that fair dome where suit is paid, 

By blast of bugle free. 
To Auchindinny's hazel glade, 

And haunted "Woodhouselee. 

" Who knows not Melville's beechy grove, 

And Roslin's rocky glen, 
Dalkeith, which all the virtues love, 

And classic Hawthornden." 

Some of the localities of the Esk are associated 
with the names of poets of renown. We have Haiv- 
thornden rising precipitously from one of its deep 
glens, anciently the residence of the celebrated poet, 
William Drummond. It is said that the present 
house was built by him. In 1619, Een Jonson paid 
him a visit ; and the retailers of gossip and anecdote 
relate that Drummond, when he saw the English 
poet approaching his residence, ran out to meet him, 
saying— 

" "Welcome, welcome, Eoyal Ben ;" 
to which Jonson promptly responded, 

'' Thank ye, thank ye, Hawthornden." 



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As the angler traverses this district from Edin- 
burgh up the rirth, he will pass through a very 
fertile carse, with a distant view of the Grampians, 
from Ben-Lomond to TJam Yar, and a nearer one of 
the Ochills, to the ferry opposite Alloa, where there 
is a crossing over the Eirth, just at the point where 
it changes from a river to an inlet of the sea. It is 
evident that the country in this neighbourhood is 
part of a vast coal formation, distinguished from 
those of England by the absence of the two forma- 
tions of mountain and magnesian limestone, between 
which the coal fields of England generally occur, 
and by the extreme number and magnitude of the 
beds and veins of secondary ti^ap, which certainly 
have all the appearance of having been forced up 
from below by volcanic action. Above Carron and 
Alloa, on the banks of the Devon, the clay iron ore 
is particularly abundant, and affords employment to 
many thousands of industrious and ingenious work- 
men. 

The Devon is an interesting stream to angle, not 
for the quantity of its trout, but for the interesting 
and picturesque scenery of its banks. IN'ear to Dol- 
lar is the famous Caldron Linn. Here the river is 
contracted into a narrow chasm, over which men 
accustomed to the feat, have not unfrequently leaped. 
It then falls about twenty feet, into a caldron of 
rock, passes with great violence into a second and a 
third, and then falls about forty feet into the plain 
below. Hence we proceed to Avhat is called the 
Rumbling Bridge, where the river forces its way 



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througli a chasm of two hundred yards, in one suc- 
cession of cascades, rapids, and caldrons. Por a 
great part of this length it is at such a depth, and 
the rocks so nearly meet over it, that it is not possi- 
ble to see the water, though it announces its presence 
by a noise that stuns the ear. One of the caldrons, 
haying a noise something like that of a mill, is called 
the Devil's Mill, because it is at work on Sundays 
as well as on lawful days. On the lower part of the 
chasm are two bridges — a new and an old one. A 
little above this is the Crook of Devon, where the 
river makes a remarkably acute angle ; having pre- 
viously run in a glen of the Ochills, of the most 
picturesque beauty, in a direction towards the north- 
east, it suddenly turns and runs by the base of the 
same hills, in a south-westerly course, so that, 
though it runs nearly forty miles, the direct distance 
from its source to the point where it joins the Forth 
is little more than five miles. 



THE CLYDE AND ITS FEEDERS. 



" Come to the Banks of Clyde, 
Where health and joy invite us ; 
Spring, now, in virgin pride, 
There waiteth to delight us : 
Enrobed in green, she smiles s 

Each eye enraptured views her ; 
A brighter dye o'erspreads her sky, 
And every creatiu-e woos her. 
Come to the Banks of Clyde, 

Where health and joy invite ua ; 
Spring, now, in virgin pride, 
There waiteth to delight us. 
" Mark! how the verdant lea. 
With daisies she is strewdng ; 
Hark! now, on every tree, 
The birds their mates are wooing : 
Love wakes the notes that swell their throats, 

Love makes their plumage brighter ; 
Old Father Clyde, in all his pride, 
Ne'er witness'd bosoms lighter. 
Mark ! how the verdant lea. 

With daisies she is strewing ; 
Hark ! how, on eveiy tree. 
The birds their mates are wooing." ALEX. RODGBB. 

We come now to sketch out another extensive and 
interesting angling tour, taking Glasgow as our cen- 
tral point of view. But we would recommend all 
anglers, who can spare the time and money, should 
they be in this city or its neighbourhood, to fish the 
river downwards from its early risings, this being 
infinitely more pleasing and convenient. The Cale- 
donian Eailway will take the rod-fisher above sixty 
miles along its banks, and place him at once in the 
midst of splendid angling water. To the tourist 
from the English border, the Elvanfoot station, on 
the same railway, must be his starting point. 



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The Clyde is the third river in Scotland in point 
of magnitude. It takes its rise from the summit of 
the mountain range, traversing the South of Scot- 
land — the Lowthers, 3,150 feet above the level of 
the sea; the Lead hills; Queensberry hills, 2,259 
feet ; and the hills connected with Hart-Fell, 2,790 
feet. These form a sort of semicircle, out of which 
the rivulets spring, which, when united, constitute 
the Clyde. The largest of these is called the Daer, 
and another, smaller, is termed the Clyde, before 
their union. Where this takes place is called the 
Meeting of the Waters, or Water-meetings. The 
joint streams flow in a northerly direction for several 
miles. 

Supposing the angler makes his way to the sources 
of the Clyde, he will have to do this through a wild 
and naked country ; and should he be in that section 
of the county of Dumfriesshire in which Moffatt is 
situated, a walk over the hills, extending to eight or 
ten miles, will bring him amidst the several springs 
of the main river. He will meet with the Croak 
Bum, Powtrail Water, Elvan Water, Evan Water, 
and Little Clyde. All these, and other minor rivu- 
lets, are comprehended within the range of the chief 
stream, when it arrives at the \aLlage or station of 
Elvanfoot. 

The angling is good nearly the whole of the dis- 
tance from where the river becomes fishable to this 
spot; and it gradually improves as the waters 
increase in breadth and volume. The river presents 
one continued succession of finely formed and rip- 



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pling streams, where there is neither bush, nor tree, 
nor obstacle of any kind to impede the rod-fisher's 
movements in the prosecution of his art. The trout 
are, even in these higher branches of the river, much 
larger than could be anticipated in such localities. 
Indeed, there have some been caught of gigantic 
size ; one bum trout of ten, and another of seven 
pounds, come within the range of our own knowledge, 
within the last three years, as having been taken out 
of these comparatively small and limpid streams. 
It may be here observed, that the trout of the Clyde 
generally are much larger, and of much richer fla- 
vour, than those commonly caught in the Tweed. 
There are some of the tributaries of the latter river 
which abound with larger and finer tasted trout 
than even those of the Clyde ; but what are to be 
had in the main channel of the Tweed are neither so 
large nor so highly fiavoured as those found in all 
the sections of the Clyde. Both rivers differ consi- 
derably in their leading features, and both fish, and 
the art of fishing, are modified accordingly. 

There is a beautiful succession of fishing streams 
between Elvanfoot and Abington. In the latter 
village, situated a few hundreds of yards from the 
banks of the river, there is a good Inn for general 
accommodation, and where many anglers during the 
season make their head quarters. The fare is good, 
and charges moderate ; and the landlord is always 
provided with a couple of good fishing-rods, and a 
stock of lines and flies, which are at his guests' ser- 
vice in case of need. The Glenooner "Water enters 



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the Clyde near this spot, and contains a great num- 
ber of small trout, quantities of which are often 
taken with worm in the summer months after rain. 

Near to Crawford is a magnificent Eoman encamp- 
ment at Oadenica^ or Little Clyde. There was here 
a Celtic town, the remains of which have for ages 
escaped the researches of the antiquary, hut which 
have been recently discovered. The Damnii, a Bri- 
tish tribe, that spread from the shores of the western 
ocean, and filled the glens and valleys of upper 
Clydesdale, had here a strong fortress, and a popu- 
lous town. A stranger now surveying the bleak and 
dreary locality would never imagine that Eoman 
legions and Celtic clans peopled this wilderness with 
an active population, where now only a single farm 
building, or a solitary shepherd's hut, is to be seen. 

The waters of the Clyde continue excellent all the 
distance from Abington to Biggar Bridge. There is a 
constant alternation of fine streams and long and deep 
pools. The trout are often found here of consider- 
able size. In traversing this district, the tourist 
will pass Duneaton Water, which enters the Clyde 
near a village of the same name. This tributary is 
itself fed by the Black Burn and Snar Water. There 
is good worm fishing in all these smaller streams. 
About a mile before coming to Biggar Bridge, the 
stream called Culter Water is worthy of notice. It 
runs among the hills in a most enchanting manner ; 
and its narrow streams and deep gullies are full of 
small but excellently flavoured trout. There are few 
anglers in the neighbourhood but like to have a 



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ramble, once in the season at least, up to Culter 
Water. 

When the angler is in this locality, he must pay 
a visit, if possible, to the top of Tinto, one of the 
finest hills in this part of Scotland. There is a kind 
of foot-path to its summit from the village of 
Symington. It will require about an hour to arrive 
at the heap of stones placed on its crown ; but the 
pleasure from it, on a fine day, will amply repay the 
toil of the ascent. We enjoy a most delightful pros- 
pect. The valley of cultivated country stretching 
out to the east and north, cleared of mist, and illu- 
mined by the radiance of a declining sun, is a lovely 
object for the eye to rest upon. The vale of the 
Clyde, like a rose just expanded, lies at our feet, 
displaying its woods, its hills, its plains, highly cul- 
tivated, and its numerous terraces covered with 
hamlets and farm-houses. Amidst the most death- 
like stillness, we occasionally hear the barkings of 
the shepherd's dog, the flowing of the waters, and 
the murmurings of the wind, mingled together, sof- 
tened by distance, and which, uniting with all that 
lies before us, express a state of existence, cMm, 
extensive, and diversified. One cannot describe the 
soothing, consolatory, but infinite and sublime ideas, 
which overpower the soul at a sight like this, and 
which fill it with love for the God of nature, and 
confidence in his works. And if, in the interval of 
such noises, which succeed each other like waves of 
the ocean, the song or whistling of a shepherd is 
heard for a moment, the thoughts of man seem to 



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elevate themselves with such intimations of humani- 
ty, and to carry his wants and his troubles to heaven, 
and to implore it to relieve them. How many things 
does the distant voice of this mountain shepherd 
make us feel and think of! Eut such delightful 
emotions pass away like a beautiful dream, like a 
fine piece of music, like a striking effect of light, 
like everything that is good, like everything which 
affects us strongly, and must, for that reason, 
endure but for an instant. 

What is here said of this delightful prospect from 
the top of Tinto, may, indeed, be said of twenty 
other localities in this interesting land of beautiful 
and splendid scenery. I wish that all the anglers of 
England could see this diversity of woods, and 
plains, and meadows, and torrents, and villages, sur- 
rounded by mountains, either green to their very 
summits, or peaked with bold and rugged grandeur. 
There are some things in nature that one feels some- 
what competent to describe but such scenes as these 
make one lament the poverty of language ; even the 
pencil cannot represent that effect of immensity, nor 
express those confused and delicious sounds, nor 
make us breathe the pure and bracing air which 
renders the spirits so lively and buoyant. We must 
send the reader to the spot, and give up the attempt 
to paint natural beauties which are inimitable. 

There are many excellent stretches of angling 
water below Symington, and between it and where 
the Douglas Water falls into the main river. The 
banks of the river are here quite open, and beautiful 



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for fly fishing ; and in the deep pools the largest and 
best fish are to be obtained. The Douglas tributary 
joins the Clyde about four miles above the falls 
and should the angler feel disposed to ramble up its 
streams, he will find a very beautiful and interesting 
series of views and landscapes. A short distance up, 
the waters of the rivulet called Paniell Water join 
it. Good fishing may be had in both streams, with 
worm, after a summer's rain. The trout of the Dou- 
glas are rich, and of fair average size. We have seen 
six dozen caught here in a couple of hours, chiefly 
with the fly. The red and black hackles are killing 
flies in the summer months. 

The romantic valley of Douglasdale is full of 
interest, both to the lover of fine scenery and to 
the historian. The hills, and woods, and glens about 
it, are of a most interesting kind ; and the country 
legends connected with the towers and family resi- 
dences on its banks, are full of the marvellous and 
exciting. 

On the opposite side of the Clyde, the Medwin 
Water falls into it, in which there is a fair stock of 
smallish trout. Some parts of the banks of this tri- 
butary are very interesting. Those who are fond 
of lake fishing, will find the Crane Loch, in the 
parish of Dunsyre, lying in a wild moorland locality. 
It has both pike and perch of considerable size. 
Kot far from this is the White Loch, containing fish 
of the same kind. It may here be mentioned, that 
in all this range of the Clyde we have invariably 
found the minnow to be a great favourite with the 



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anglers who frequent the river regularly. The 
largest and best fish are caught in this way. 

It is likewise worthy of remark, that this long 
range of the Clyde, that is, from the entrance of the 
Douglas Water to the highest sjirings of the main 
stream, is much damaged by net-fishing. It is 
astonishing, as well as lamentable, to hear of such 
quantities of fine trout taken by this murderous and 
unmanly method. The angling is also greatly im- 
paired from the practice of fly-fishing with double 
rods ; one person at each side of the river, with a 
line stretched right across, baited with perhaps 
forty or fifty artificial flies, suspended from it. This 
unfair contrivance has, indeed, been put down in 
some districts of the river, but it still prevails to a 
shameful extent in other localities. 

All unfair modes of fishing tend to destroy the 
real pleasure attending the art. This has been the 
prevailing sentiment among all the disciples of the 
rod and line in England from the earliest times of 
her angling literature. More than two centuries 
ago, in 1646, we have some verses, of a quaint cast 
certainly, written by Llewellyn, in his " Men Mira- 
cles," in which the writer rails and satyrises the 
encroachments upon the gentlemanly modes of fish- 
ing in his own day, in no very courteous and mea- 
sured terms : — 

"You that fish for dace and roclies, 
Carpes and tenches, bonus noches, 
Thou was borne betvveene two dishes, 
When the Fry day signe was fishes. 



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Angler's yeares are made and spent, 

All in Ember weekes and Lent. 

Breake thy rod about thy noddle, 
Throw thy worms and flies by the pottle, 
Kcepe thy corke to stop thy bottle, 
Make straight thy hooke, be not afeared 

To shave his beard ; 
That in case of started stitches, 
Hooke and line may mend thy breaches, 

" He that searches pools and dikes, 
Halters jackes, and strangles pikes, 
Let him know, tho* he think he wise is, 
'Tis not a sport, but an assizes. 
Fish to hooke, were the case disputed, 
Are not tooke, but executed. 
Breake thy rod, &:c., &c. 

" You whose pastes fox rivers throat 
And make Isis pay her groat. 
That from May to parch October, 
Scarce a minnow can keep sober ; 
Be your fish in open thrust. 
And your owne red-paste the crust. 
Breake thy rod, &c., &c. 

" Hookes and lines of larger sizes, 
Souch as the tyrant that troules devises. 
Fishes nere believe his fable, 
What he calls a line is a cable ; 
That's a knave of endless rancour, 
Who for a hooke doth cast an anchor. 
Breake thy rod, &c., &c. 

'' But of all men he is the cheater^ 
Who with small fish takes up the greater ,- 
He makes carps without all dudgeon, 
Makes a Jonas of a gudgeon ; 



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Cruell man that stayes on gravcll, 
Fish that great with fish doth travel. 
Br cake thy rod, &c., (S:c." 

AYe assume that tlie angling tourist AYill take a 
peep at the celebrated Falls as he passes down the 
river. We shall say a word on the subject, and only 
a word or two, as these waterfalls are elaborately 
described in all the host of handbooks and guides of 
the day. 

The two celebrated cataracts are the Corra Linn 
and Stonebyi^es. At Corra Linn, the rocks at both 
sides compress the bed of the river so much, that the 
waters in some places rush down a chasm of not 
more than four or five feet wide. At the fall itself, 
the river dashes over a height of nearly one hundred 
feet. On the pointed cliff, just opposite to where 
the water falls over the steep ascent, stands the ruins 
of a Castle. When the torrent is much swollen, 
this entire cliff, and likewise the Castle, are sensibly 
shaken ; and this is made manifest by water in a 
glass being spilled by the concussion of the mighty 
stream. A mile further up the river is the fall of 
Stonebyres, still more striking and sublime than that 
of Corra. The walk between the two is delightful 
and interesting in the highest degree. The rocks 
rise on each side to the height of full one hundred 
feet above the bed of the river, and are well covered 
with wood. The channel is of solid rock, here and 
there worn into cavities by the force of the agitated 
waters. The Clyde is broader here than at Corra, 
but the scenery is more diversified by the wild and 



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turbulent eddies wliich. the foaming billows make, 
and wliich impress the imagination with a deep 
sense of awfulness and grandeur. 

Salmon and salmon-trout are found in the Clyde 
below the falls. The fishing is generally pretty 
good for some distance below the last fall, and the 
country improves very much in appearance. The 
banks of the river become better clothed in timber 
and brushwood ; and the land for some distance from 
its bed presents an aspect of great fertility, and a 
consummate skill in husbandry. There are many 
delightful landscapes which cannot fail to take hold 
of the fancy of the tourist and man of taste. 

The Kathan Water enters the Clyde about six 
miles below Lanark, and will afford the angler some 
sport when its waters are in order, after a summer 
freshet. The stream rises out of the higher grounds 
on the confines of Dumfriesshire, and it receives 
several small feeders, in which fine trout are occa- 
sionally taken with worm, even in hot and dry 
weather, when the waters are both clear and 
shallow. 

The JN'athan forms a junction with the Logan at 
Cleuchbrae. The streams of the main water after 
this run deep and narrow in many localities ; and 
the precipitous sides of the rocks on its banks are 
richly decorated with the stately oak, the fragi'ant 
birch, and the tapering mountain ash. 

The Clyde, below the entrance of the Nathan, and 
as far as the palace of Hamilton, presents many 
stretches of water of great fishing capabilities. 



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There are long deep pools in wliich large fish may 
always be found ; and even in the clearest weather, 
and when the river is very low, if there be a good 
breeze from any quarter of the compass, a basket of 
fish may be readily taken. As the stream widens, 
it becomes less manageable unless by wading, a 
thing we do not by any means recommend to the 
tourist, except he be well fortified by habit, and a 
strong constitution. 

The tributary" called the Avon enters the chief 
river at Hamilton. It has a circuitous run of 
about twenty miles, through a somewhat cold and 
ungenial country. It has several small feeders in 
its higher localities, in all of which there is an abun- 
dance of small trout, which are often taken in pro- 
fuse abundance of summer rains, and princijDally by 
the worm. The entii'c banks of the Avon are 
delightfully picturesque and beautiful, and abound 
mth those abrupt and grotesque peeps into dells and 
groves, in which the pencil of the artist loves to 
dwell. As a fishing stream, it is not, on the whole, 
of much value. Its waters generally get so low in 
the summer months, that little or nothing can be 
efiected with the fly ; red worm, in the still pools 
and shady avenues of the river, being the only bait 
that can be used with any chance of success. 

Passing down the Clyde from Hamilton, where its 
streams are for some distance strictly preserved, we 
come to the beautiful neighbourhood of Bothwell 
Castle, so full of historical recollections of ancient 
date, and stirring interest. The river is splendidly 



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adorned with fine wood, which, adds so much real 
heauty to all running water scenes, but which is 
often an impediment to the free and unshackled 
exercise of the fly-rod. 

The country in this section of the Clyde is very 
interesting to Scotchmen especially, on account of 
the poetical associations connected with it, and like- 
wise as being one of the chief battle-fields where the 
Covenanters fought and sufiered for the sake of reli- 
gious freedom. There was a great slaughter made 
of them at Both well Bridge, in the early part of the 
sixteenth century ; and there is scarcely a remote 
dell or sequestered rock, for many miles on each side 
of the river, that is not hallowed as a traditionary 
hiding-place of some of these truly heroic and cruelly 
persecuted men. This locality is likewise considered 
as the cradle of Scottish poetry and song. " Oh ! 
Both well bank, thou bloomest fair," carries mth it 
both the feelings of antiquity and admiration in the 
minds of the country-people in the neighbourhood. 
And a story is told by historians of credit, connected 
with this popular air, which, though it may appear 
to ordinary readers as partaking of the marvellous, 
is, to our minds, perfectly natural, and, we have no 
doubt, perfectly true. The fact is derived fi'om a 
work published at Amsterdam, in Holland, in the 
year 1605. It runs thus : — A Scotch gentleman, 
travelling through Palestine, recognised a female at 
a door lulling a child to sleep, to the tune of £oth- 
well Bank. Under the influence of surprise and 
delight, he accosted the female. She said she was 



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a native of Gotland, had wandered thither, manied 
a Turk of rank, but still took especial delight in 
singing the songs of her native land. She intro- 
duced the traveller to her husband, whose influence 
proved of service to the traveller^ who was ever 
after deeply impressed with the value and imj)or- 
tant influence which national melodies have over the 
human heart. 

The fisher will find many beautiful streams be- 
tween Both well Castle and the tide-way, at the con- 
fines of the City of Glasgow. This section of the 
water is, however, a good deal fished, at all seasons 
of the year, both by fair and imfair means. 



PART II. 



SOUTH WESTERN DIVISION, 

Embracing the Counties of 
Renfeew", Ayr, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, and Wigton. 



"We have taken the angler, in the preceding part, 
over an interesting section of the country, and placed 
him on the banks of some of the very finest 
streams that any one can visit. We now come to 
another piscatory tour, along the South-Western 
part of Scotland, taking Glasgow as our centre of 
observation and departure, The angler has a ready 
and commodious means of transit to many of the 
rivers in this district, by the South-Western Eail- 
way to Carlisle. This skirts along the low and fer- 
tile parts of the country in the form of a half- circle, 
and joins the great trunk of the Caledonian Railway 
near to Gretna Green. 

The various rivers and streams in this direction 
are not so large, nor so highly celebrated in angling 
history and exploits, as the Tweed and the Clyde, 
with their tributary waters, but they are, on the 



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whole, very pleasant rod-fishing localities, and calcn- 
lated to afford the tourist a series of agreeable river- 
side rambles* 

We shall commence our notice of these fishing 
waters from the English border, for the especial 
guidance of tourists from the south part of the 
island, who may make Carlisle the point of their 
departure. Within a few miles to the north of the 
city, there are several streams which fall into the 
Solway Pirth, in which good trout fishing is to be 
obtained. And first, we have the river Esk, which 
has a long and winding run through the South- 
Eastern section of Dumfriesshire, and falls into the 
Solway about four miles from Carlisle. This stream 
abounds with both salmon and salmon-trout, as well 
as with the common bum trout. The coach-road to 
Hawick leads close by the sides of the river as far 
as the town of Langholm, and this is a very excel- 
lent spot to go to at first, in order to angle the river 
down to the sea. It has a run, however, of full 
twenty miles above this town, but its waters are 
small from its rise downwards till they receive an 
accession from the Black Esk, which enters it at 
Panlaw Hill. Capital sport may be had in both 
these higher waters, especially with worm, or, if 
after a flood, with minnow. The fishers in Lang- 
holm and its neighbourhood often obtain large bas- 
kets of ^0 fish during the summer months. The 
prevailing colours of the flies, when here used, are 
the light brown A\dnged ones, and the red and black 
palmers. But, indeed, the trout often take here so 



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greedily, that no great nicety in the choice of flies 
need be observed. 

The Eimis Water joins the Esk at Langholm, and 
has a run of full ten miles. It is full of small trout, 
but not to be fished with fly. The Tarras is another 
feeder, which enters the main river a few miles 
below, and it partakes of much of the same character 
as the Earns. 

The Liddal, which springs from the English bor- 
der, and which flows a few miles within the boun- 
dary line of Scotland, is a good fishing stream, when 
its waters are not too fine and low. It has long 
been celebrated from the beautiful lines ascribed to 
it, and other neighbouring rivers, by Dr. Armstrong, 
in his poem, ^' On the Means of Preserving Health," 
who, in his younger days, was a keen angler on the 
banks of the Liddal. 

" But if the breathless chase o'er hill and dale 
Exceed your strength, a sport of less fatigue, 
Not less delightful, the prolific stream 
Affords. The crystal rivulet that o'er 
A stony channel rolls its rapid surge, 
Swarms with the silver fry. Such through the bounds 
Of pastoral Stafford, runs the brawling Trent ; 
Such Eden, sprung from Cambrian mountains ; such 
The Esk, o'erhung with woods ; and such the stream. 
On whose arcadian hanks I first drew air. 
Liddal till now, except in Doric lays, 
Tuned to her murmurs by her love-sick swains. 
Unknown to song : though not a purer stream 
Through wood more flowery, more romantic groves, 
EoUs towards the western main. Hail sacred flood ! 
May still thy hospitable swains he blest 



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In rural innocence ; thy mountains still 

Teem with the fleecy race ; thy tuneful woods 

For ever flourish ; and thy vales look gay 

With planted meadows, and the golden grain. 

Oft with thy blooming sons, when life was new, 

Sportive and petulant, and charmed with toys, 

In thy transparent eddies have I laved ; 

Oft traced with patient steps the fairy banks 

With the well-imitated fly to hook 

The eager trout, and with the slender line 

And yielding rod, solicit to the shore, 

The struggling panting prey ; while vernal clouds 

And tepid gales obscured the ruffled pool. 

And from the deeps call'd forth the wanton swarm. 

There are few rivers of the same limited range, 
whose banks are more picturesque, and streams 
more agreeable to fish, than those of the Esk. Its 
entire bed, except near or about the tide- way, is 
comparatively narrow, which circumstance gives a 
fulness and depth to its waters, favourable, even in 
dry and parched seasons, to the rod-fisher's sport. 
The winding and circuitous route of the river adds, 
likewise, to its interest ; as we have ever and anon 
presented to us some ^e view, or agreeable com- 
bination of brushwood, and running water — thiags 
which have a remarkably plesant effect upon those 
who have an eye for beauties of rural scenery. 

The next stream, towards the north^ is the Sark, 
which runs into the Firth, but has no great range. 
In particular states of its waters, in the summer 
months, a good dish of smallish trout may be readily 
obtained. The Kirtle Water, which enters the 
same estuary a little lower down towards the sea, is 



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a longer and more fishable stream. I haye found 
the palmer flies, both red and black, very successful 
here in the summer season after the rain. The Kirtle 
trout run rather small, and not of fii'st-rate quality. 
It may be observed here, that the Caledonian 
Eailway runs through the South^Eastem portion of 
Dumfriesshire to five or six miles north of Moffat, 
and nearly parallel with the river Amian and some 
of its tributaries. This renders the rivers in this 
section of Scotland easily and cheaply accessible. 
The Annan rises out of the same range of hills from 
which the Tweed and the Clyde derive their first 
feeders, and it has a run, including its numerous 
windings, of about forty miles. It flows by the 
small town of Moffat, now yearly visited by numer- 
ous persons from all parts of the United Kingdom 
for the medical springs in its immediate vicinity. 
But the Annan is not worth much as an angling 
stream till it comes to what is called the Meeting of 
the Waters, that is, the junction of the Moffat Water 
and the Avon with the main river, about two miles 
below Moffat. The higher portions of it are exceed- 
ingly beautiful in the way of mountain scenery, but 
the fish are both scarce and small in these localities. 
The angler is, however, earnestly solicited by the 
poet to ascend these higher waters, and to visit the 
BeviVs Beef Tub. 

'' Away to the hollow, among Moffat hills 

Nam'd the BeviVs Beef Tub, wherein three little rills, 
The Tweed, Clyde, and Annan, pure rippling arise 
'Mong bold mountain tops, that brave cold growling skies. 



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Here nature — ^wild nature — reigns glorious and free, 
Then come here in summer, and angle with me. 

" It is life to the soul to climb these steep knolls, 
To watch the gay trout, as he sports in the pools ; 
The scene is so rich, and the landscapes so fair, 
That the mind feels content to dwell always there, 
To scan the bright shadows on the grey mountain's brow. 
Is a pleasure that dullness itself must allow. 

" There's strength in the mountain, and health in the vale, 
There's glow in the zephyr, and glee in the gale ; 
A buoyant hilarity rests on the mind, 
And lightness and joy at each step are combin'd. 
So come, anglers, come, rare sports here invite you. 
Sure pleasures so pure can't fail to delight you." 

Moffat is tlie best starting point to fish the Annan 
and its chief feeders. The Annan is not a good trout 
stream. It has a run of several miles, and its 
streams look very imposing to the eye, but there are 
very few trout in them. What there are, however, 
are often tolerably large. The Moifat Water comes 
from another direction. It flows down the narrow 
valley between St. Mary's Loch and Moifat, and has 
a connexion with Loch Skene by means of the Grey 
Mare's Tail bum. There is good trouting in the 
Moffatt Water, but I have never seen very large 
ones taken out of it. It is a pleasant stream to 
angle with a single-handed rod ; and its banks and 
windings among the high hills have a solemnising 
and contemplative effect upon the mind. 

If the angler ascends the stream till he comes to 
the rivulet that leads up to the Grey Mare's Tail, he 
will be much interested. This fflen forms an 



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immense cliff between two high mountainous ridges, 
running from east to west. The descent from either 
side is steep and rugged in the extreme. The val- 
ley is very narrow through which the Moffat makes 
its way, with many abrupt windings. The river is 
stretched out like a silver thread as we cast an eye 
down the vale from any of the surrounding hills. 
For a considerable distance, the vale does not average 
more than two or tliree hundred yards in width ; 
and the whole scene often recalls to the mind the 
vale of Tempo, so graphically described by ^lian. 
There are here, however, no smoking altars of 
incense — no thickets overshadowing the sides of the 
stream, to screen the weary traveller from the rays 
of the sun — no convivial parties enjoying themselves 
in sequestered groves — no musical birds warbling 
among the green branches of the ivy-mantled trees, 
described in the celebrated defile between Ossa and 
Olympus ; but, notwithstanding all this, the glen is 
a scene which, for simplicity and grandeur, cannot 
easily be rivalled, and the tourist who has once 
passed through it will not soon forget it. Sir 
Walter Scott thus dashes off some of its leading 
features : — 

" Through the rude barriers of the lake. 
Away the hurrying waters break, 
Faster and whiter, dash and curl, 
Till down the dark abyss they hurl ; 
Then issuing forth, one foaming wave, 
And wheeling round the giant's grave, 
White as the snowy charger's tail, 
Drive down the pass of Moffat dale." 



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Good fishing in the Annan commences about 
AYamphray, nearly five miles below Moffat. The 
streams here become broader, deeper, and abound 
more with places of shelter for good trout and salmon. 
There is a succession of fine streams and stretches of 
still water from this village to the neighbourhood of 
Lockerby. This small town is a good station for a day 
or two's sport. It has a good inn, at moderate prices : 
and the river is about a mile and-a-half from it. The 
scenery in the vicinity is very prepossessing, though 
flat, and rather of a swampy character. The trout 
of the Annan are above the average size, and of good 
quality. Some, indeed, have been caught of very 
great weight, chiefly by means of the minnow. 

Before the river reaches Lockerby, it receives the 
waters of several tributaries, such as the Wamphray, 
the Drife, and the Kinnel, in all of which there is 
good trout fishing at particular seasons of the year, 
chiefly, however, with woim. In the vicinity of the 
Kinnel, lie the Lochmaben lochs, which are much 
frequented by anglers. They are nine in number, 
and the longest one, called Castle Loch, contains 
fifteen distinct species of fish that may be angled for. 
There are trout in all these still waters of twelve 
and fourteen pounds weight, and a good number 
which run from two to five pounds. There is a 
club of Dumfries anglers who fish for the vendace, in 
Castle Loch, yearly, and prizes are awarded to the 
most successful competitors. Large and somewhat 
gaudy flies are used ; and trolling with a small trout 
is a very deadly bait, on particular occasions, when 



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wind and weather are favourable. There are consi- 
derable quantities of bottom fish in these lochs, such 
as bream, roach, chub, perch, and pike ; some of the 
latter kind of fish having been taken upwards of 
thirty pounds weight. 

The vendace just mentioned is a somewlxat singu- 
lar fish, and is described as a species of fish known 
nowhere else, and which, from its peculiar delicacy, 
as an article for the table, is highly prized. It has 
hitherto defied all attempts at being transported to 
other waters. ^' It is a beautiful fish, from four to 
six inches in length, and of a bright silvery appear- 
ance, with a slight tendency to a light blue along 
the back and sides. Upon the top of the head there 
is a very distinct shape of a heart, covered with a 
transparent substance of a brownish colour, resem- 
bling a thin lamina of mica slate, through which 
the brain is visible. J^othing to the naked eye 
is found in the stomach, though a late inquirer 
has said that their food consists of incredibly mi- 
nute eutromostracea. Overlooking the fact that 
the vendace dies the moment it is touched, or 
brought to the air, and has hitherto defied trans- 
portation, the common people speak of its having 
been brought by one of the Jameses, from Yendois, 
in Erance." 

The angling continues good from Lockerby to 
the town of Annan. The trout are commonly larger 
the nearer you approach the sea. I have seen 
almost all kinds of flies used on the Annan, and 
nearly with equal success ; and my impression is. 



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that a trout-fisher need not be very fastidious in 
making a selection from his stock. 

The vale of Annan, taken altogether, forms a most 
interesting part of Scotland. Prom the rising ground 
on the east of Totherwold heights, there is a splendid 
prospect. Beneath lies '^Margery of the mossy 
beds,^' and the ancient castle of the Bruce, moulder- 
ing among the stately trees. On the margin of the 
glassy lake, whose silvery waves, rippling before 
the southern breeze, murmur in the ear many tales 
of feudal times, connected with the grey ruins which 
still appear in solitary grandeur, the entire valley, 
stretching from north to south, where it terminates 
at the base of the frowning mountains between it and 
the wilds of Tweedsmuir, famishes a diversity of 
scenery so enchanting, that few localities in the 
South of Scotland can equal it. The wilder parts of 
the country, on either side, are full of covenanting 
associations. 

The stream called the Locher lies between the 
Annan and the Mth, and contains good sized trout, 
in tolerable abundance. It has a range of about 
fifteen miles fair fishable water. In some spots its 
banks are pleasant and picturesque ; and an angler 
who has time at his command may spend a day here 
very agreeably. 

The JS'ith is the great river in this section of Scot- 
land. It springs from near "New Cumnock, in Ayr- 
shire, where it receives the tributary called Afton 
Water, which is full of small but good flavoured 
trout. These can only be had with worm in any 



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considerable quantities. The waters of the stream 
issue from among the dusky mountains in the south. 
The scenery on their banks is a constant theme of 
exultation among the inhabitants of the neighbour- 
hood. 

The Nith is not, by many anglers, considered a first- 
rate water for salmon and trout fishing ; yet it is well 
entitled to a visit by any one who has not previously 
seen the country on and around its banks. A tour 
along its waters is highly interesting in the summer 
months. It has a great range, amounting to above a 
hundred miles, taking all its windings and doublings 
into account, and presents to the eye an agreeable 
diversity of landscapes, the majority of which are, 
however, of the bleak and rugged kind. The moun- 
tains of Nithdale are exceedingly interesting. From 
the tops of their lofty heights an extensive and 
magnificent view is obtained of the greater part of 
the west and south of Scotland. On the south we 
recognise the range of the Galloway hills ; on the 
west, the desolate solitudes of Kyle ; on the east, 
the heathy mountains of Crawford Moor; and on 
the north, the majestic Tinto, waving afar his misty 
mantle, and revealing through the opening of its 
folds the rudy and fiery scars which the angry ele- 
ments have made on his shaggy and time-worn sides. 
The dark blue mountain of Crieffil is likewise a con- 
spicuous object in the upper part of Mthdale. It 
commands an extensive view over the Solway Firth, 
and a large tract of land lying towards the west. 
The scenery in the immediate locality of the moun- 



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tain is of tlie ricliest kind. The Mils around are not 
clad with, heather, but covered with deep verdure. 

The history of bygone times, and religious asso- 
ciations, impart a lively interest to our rambles in 
these districts. The solitudes of the upper parts of 
the river were favourite places of refuge for the 
Covenanters in the days of persecution and bigotry. 
The imagination is deeply affected in visiting such 
localities. One can scarcely conceive retirements 
more sterile and drear^^ than those which lie towards 
the north-west of Sanquhar. From the summit of 
the loftiest hills we discover nothing but an inter- 
minable range of rugged mountains, covered with 
brown heath. Yast tracts of dark moorland stretch 
for miles in the distance, and here and there the eye 
and the heart are relieved by the blue smoke curling 
from the chimneys of the lonely shepherds' huts and 
cottages. "When we connect the scenes around us 
with the struggles for religious and civil freedom, 
made in these dreary solitudes, by a noble -hearted 
set of men, there is life and interest imparted to every 
spot and rood of ground we travel over. 

ISTor is this at all surprising. The fate of these 
high-minded men touches some of the deepest sym- 
pathies of the human soul. They have long passed 
into another state, and are no more cognizable to 
human eye ; but their memories will prove as 
enduring as the rocks and glens in which they took 
refuge. The shadows which fleeted over the moun- 
tain's brow, and on which they were wont to gaze ; 
the deep wilderness around them, speaking more 



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loudly to the inward man than a thousand tongues, 
must have greatly heightened their devotions — must 
have impressed them with a vague sense of infinity 
— of the littleness of human life — and of the gran- 
deur of a divine existence and eternity. 

" At the risk of their lives with their flocks they would meet, 
In storm and in tempest, in rain and in sleet ; 
Where the mists in the moor-glens lay darkest — 'twas there. 
In the thick cloud concealed, they assembled for prayer. 

" In cities the wells of salvation were sealed, 
More brightly to burst in the moor and the field ; 
And the spirit which fled from the dwellings of men, 
Like the manna-cloud rained round the cup in the glen." 

In fishing the Mth from its highest feeders down 
to Sanquhar, we found brown-coloured flies very 
successful ; but still, even here, no general rules can 
be laid down on this subject. As an instance of this, 
while we were one day fishing the stream, and 
obtaining fair sport with coloured fly, we saw two 
country lads, one using a black fly, and the other a 
very light grey one, both appearing as successful as 
ourselves. 

The Crawick Water enters the JN'ith near to San- 
quhar, and having had a run up its banks, we were 
delighted with them. It is a pastoral stream, which 

i/Ciivc/o xfo j.xK}\j v/ix vxxK^ iL/v/i.t.ic:io xjs. j-jaiiaxis^oxiixt^, tiiiu. 

wends its course in a south-western direction until it 
faUs into the Mth at the place just mentioned. The 
whole range of the Crawick exhibits scenes of sur- 
passing interest and beauty. The mountains by its 
side, covered with a lively verdure, present the 



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appearance of newly mown meadows ; while again, 
some of tlie hills jut out so abruptly from their base 
that a person can scarcely walk steadily along the 
velvet slopes. The trout in the stream are but 
small, but firm and well tasted. A few dozens are 
soon taken when the waters are in good trim. 

The angler who travels through those mountain 
passes must beware of the mists which suddenly 
arise on these heights, and which render travelling 
both disagreeable, and sometimes dangerous. These 
mists give little warning of their approach. Some- 
times, instead of descending in a body, like a large 
snowy cloud, spreading itself along the ridges and 
down the slopes of the mountains, they come edge- 
ways, trailing along, and like a thin white veil, 
extending from the clouds to the earth. Then it is 
that the pedestrian must move with care and cir- 
cumspection. 

The Kello "Water enters the JN'ith a little above 
Sanquhar, and the Minnick below it. They are 
both good for small trout, but in the summer 
months are often extremely low, and this renders 
sport somewhat precarious. Sanquhar itself is a 
burgh which lays claim to considerable antiquity. 
The scenery in its neighbourhood is interesting, and 
in soma sunfi; ra.a2Tiificcnt. There is a. ■nfl»tor?-l 
sweetness about some of its localities, which deeply 
rivets the attention of a stranger. The clear and 
silvery streams, the Minnick and Cramock, present 
a picture not always to be met with. The town is 
noted for many daring and bloody scenes perpetrated 



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in former days of religious and political contention 
and faction. 

Speaking generally, we may say with justice, that 
there are few rural scenes, upon a narrow scale, which 
present a more lovely and agreeable spectacle than 
those which are to be found in the several localities of 
these, upper waters of the !N'ith. In many places the 
uncultivated moorlands are flanked by hills whose 
summits rise like lofty colonnades to the clouds, and 
remind us of the sublime Scriptural expression, 
'^the pillars of heaven." Here and there we see a 
beautiful mountain, clad in velvet green, and tipped 
with its warder cairn ; while at its base we recognise 
some little and solitary hamlet, sending up its smoke, 
and skirted with a few acres of well cultivated land. 
In the stillness of a summer's evening, when the 
mind is in a contemplative mood, one surveys such 
scenes as these with a feeling of enchantment one is 
loath to dissipate. 

The Euchan stream enters the JSTith from an 
opposite side to that of the feeders just mentioned, 
but still in the locality of Sanquhar. This is a 
beautiful stream. Its banks are ornamented with 
wood to their very edges. The bed of the river, for 
the most part, is composed of blue whinstone, and 
is worn by the action of the water as smooth as a 
polished pebble. The stream has a run of only 
about ten miles. 

The angling in the ISTith from Sanquhar to where 
the Enterkin, or Ken Water, enters it, about seven 
miles below the town, is excellent. Some of the 



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finest streams of the main river are to be met with 
in this locality. Most of the streams are of that 
precise conformation which gives pleasure to the 
angler's eye, and assures him of sport. 

The Ken is an interesting and pastoral stream, of 
no great length, and fed by several small nils from 
the neighbouring mountains, whose bold and majes- 
tic head-lands tower to a stupendous height. The 
angler, when on the Nith, should make a point 
of ascending the Ken. Pew localities in Scotland 
are more full of interest than those on its banks. 
There are, indeed, some spots which present such 
harsh and melancholy aspects as to produce an abso- 
lute depression of spirits; but this circumstance 
rather adds to than detracts from the interest we 
feel in such rugged wildernesses. 

The stream abounds in small fish. We have 
known six dozen taken out of it, with worm, in 
three or four hours, after a freshet in July. 

The Scar joins the Nith a considerable distance 
below the Ken, on the opposite side of the main 
river. The Scar has a range of full twenty-five 
miles, and is a good stream for rod-fishing. The 
trout run small, though we once saw a fish of four 
pounds and-a-half taken out of the stream near its 
entrance to the !N'ith. Eut this was considered a 
great novelty. There is an immense rock in the 
valley of the Scar of nearly a thousand feet perpen- 
dicular. This is one of those bold features of nature 
which inspire the beholder with the mingled feelings 
of delight and awe. A multitude of legends are 



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connected with the place, and are handed down from 
generation to generation in the minds of the rustic 
inhabitants of the neighbourhood. In many places 
the moimtains on the north side of the river are 
lofty and rugged, and present immeasurable tracts of 
brown heath, and large spaces occupied with grey 
rocks, and scattered stones, thrown about in the 
most fantastic and chaotic confasion. There are 
deep glens and ravines, covered over with short 
stumpy brushwood, which renders walking both 
treacherous and dangerous. We stammer, however, 
here and there, upon spots of great beauty, which 
surprise and delight us for the toil of our wander- 
ings. We meet with the clear and silvery brook at 
every turn of the landscape, on spots of the margin 
of which grows the palmy willow, drooping over 
the murmuring waters, as they leave the upland 
wastes to visit the distant ocean, and be absorbed in 
its bosom. 

The Cluden Water is a favourite locality in the 
estimation of the Dumfries anglers. It has a run of 
about twenty miles, and is well stocked with trout, 
and likewise with salmon-trout, when the water is 
in a fit state for this particular fish. There are 
some small feeders of the Cluden in which there is 
an abundance of trout, though but of inferior size. 
The Cairn Water is also a good trouting stream, and 
will afford a fair day's sport to the tourist. Worm 
fishing, as well as the minnow, when the waters are 
suitable after summer rains, are very successful 
modes of sport in these tributaries of the Mth. 



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On tlie kinds of flies commonly used on the Mth, 
and its dependent streams, we have little in the way 
of advice to give. We have hercj as elsewhere, 
found nearly all colours, and combinations of colours, 
highly extolled, and successfully used. Perhaps, if 
a fair estimate could he made, it would be found to 
recommend flies of a moderate size, lightish and 
brownish wings for the summer months, and grey 
and mottled vrings, with red body, for the entire 
spring season. Eut to dogmatise on the matter 
is little better than sheer folly. We have seen 
fine baskets of fish taken by country lads, in the 
higher sections of these waters, with the queerest 
looking things, in the shape of flies, that ever were 
seen. JS'othing in the history of Entomology could 
approach them; and yet, strange to say, the fish 
seemed to take them most greedily. 

Eelow the town of Dumfries, this fine river of 
N'ith is navigable for small vessels. Its picturesque 
scenes and landscapes terminate at this spot ; so 
likewise terminate its rod-fishing capabilities as a 
pastoral stream. From the town to the sea, the 
country is low, ill-looking, swampy, and nearly des- 
titute of every object on which the mind rests with 
pleasure and satisfaction. 

When the angler visits Dumfries, he must pay 
his tribute of respect to the memorials which are 
here, of the greatest of Scotland's bards — Eobert 
Bums. He resided in this town for the last five 
years of his life. The house in which he took up 
his abode, is situated in what is now called Bums 



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Street, and is the same dwelling in whicli Mrs. 
Eums lived till her death, in 1834. In the ceme- 
tery connected with the Church of St. Michael, is the 
Mausoleum erected to his memory. It was exe- 
cuted by an Italian artist ; and represents the Poet 
at the plough, and his attendant genius throwing 
her '^inspiring mantle" over him. Thousands of 
tourists visit the spot every year. His fame is ever 
fresh on the memories of men. 

How intense, elevating, and refined, are the feel- 
ings connected with a visit to the hallowed spot of 
departed genius ! How deeply is such a rush of 
thoughts — such a commotion of internal sympathies, 
calculated to strike the mind with surprise and ad- 
miration, at the wonderful mechanism, if we may so 
term it, of our spiritual frame. There seem to be 
two conspicuous elements in this veneration for de- 
parted worth — ^identity, and memory. As in the 
case now before us, we believe Eobert Burns to be 
the same identical personage who sojourned, sang, 
died, and was buried here ; and we have perpetually 
before us, in our memories, what he said, and 
thought, and did. What a collection of living- 
wonders is here ! The mind is pinned down to 
the physical structure, as sternly as if it were itself 
a thing of flesh. It never wanders from its own 
habitation ; — ^never passes the threshold of its own 
dwelling. It never fancies itself really severed from 
the beloved frame which it clothes, and feeds, and 
cherishes with such unwearied solicitude. Though 
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to imprison or confine this spiritual force — though 
there is no casket in which we can suppose it to he 
locked up securely as a piece of muslin, yet for years 
in succession the mind remains the same. That this 
should he the case, as it really is, would have been 
inexplicable to us, had we not known it to be a fact, 
as if some had proposed to shut up a sunbeam in an 
apothecary's vial, or to carry about a quantity of 
electricity in a carpet bag. The most marvellous 
circumstance in connection Avith this view of the 
mind, is, that the subtle fluid and inanimate thing 
which we call spirit, is at the same time more dis- 
tinctive, more personal, more durable, than if it were- 
carved out of marble, or cast in metal. Look at the 
faculty of memory ! It is this faculty which con- 
nects us with the past, by stretching out our own 
consciousness over a long series of years. It is this 
faculty which binds the separate events of our exist- 
ence, together, and assures the grave old gentleman 
of fourscore that he is identical with the rampant 
boy who used to play at leap-frog. In spite of the 
lapse of years, the whole spectacle may now pro- 
bably be reproduced in the mind of the individual. 
The very process of remembering, implies that the 
Agent which does so, is identical with that which, 

membered. True, many circumstances in the life of 
man appear to grow dim — many may seem to sink 
into positive oblivion ; but we cannot avoid the con- 
clusion, that if the chain of our consciousness 
stretching across an expanse of years, distinctly 



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connects the child with the man, it mnst be complete 
in every link, though many may appear to be hidden 
. from the sight. 

These are but a few — very few, of the marvels 
connected with man's nature. His structure seems 
to incarnate positive contradictions. His frame is a 
reservoir of different and conflicting forces. It is a 
mighty apparatus which knows no rest, yet exhibits 
no turmoil or confusion. We sit by the side of a 
human being, and all is calm, and seemingly motion- 
less. It is just as if you listened at the door of an 
immense mill, where hundreds of processes were in 
progress, and yet could not catch one sound, or dis- 
cern one symptom, of internal activity. That the 
man himself who is the scene of all these numerous 
operations should yet be almost unconscious of their 
existence, is one of the most strikiu;^ and merciful 
paradoxes which could have been devised. And 
think, too, how strange that these vital movements 
should be kept up year after year, though the primi- 
tive impulse must long ago have been exhausted by 
the resistance which it continually encounters. 
Man being the nearest approach to a purely perpet- 
ual motion, since, spite of that resistance, his heart 
beats in his breast for seventy or eighty years, and 
at the rate of some fort^ millions of strokes per an- 
num, without a single hour's holiday. Wake in the 
night, and still you find the trusty servant at work, 
beat, beat, beating. Whilst the mind seems to slum- 
ber, and the limbs to recruit, still the noble engine 
proceeds with its steady strokes. Through youth 



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and age — ^tlirough sickness and health — through 
growth and decay — through all the vicissitudes of 
existence, the gallant organ faithfully j)rosecutes its 
task, and never for a moment ceases to beat. But 
above all, think of the mysterious principle for which 
this bodily mansion was built ; which yet no search 
has ever been able to discover in any of its apart- 
ments — which no eye has seen, no hand touched, no 
science probed ; which enters it we know not how, 
which forsakes it we know not why ; but which, 
when it departs, leaves the splendid house it inhabi- 
ted a hopeless ruin, as if a soverign has scarcely 
died ere the palace he occupied sank into a heap of 
sand ! Man is a compendium of marvels ; a perfect 
mass of mysteries ! 

Prom Dumfries the angling tourist, if desirous of 
prosecuting his rambles to the west, through what 
is commonly called Gallowayshire, will find no more 
assistance from railway conveyances. There are two 
routes for angling the various interesting streams in 
this part of Scotland ; the one by taking the mail 
coach road, which keeps by the sea coast, right 
through to Portpatrick, a distance of eighty-four 
miles, and fishing the rivers as he crosses them at 
right angles as they flow into the Solway Firth ; or, 
he may strike right up the country, where he will 
meet with the same rivers in their higher localities. 
We have gone both routes more than once; and though 
both are highly interesting, we give the preference 
to the upland route, on account of the picturesque- 
ness of the entire range of countiy. There are, un- 



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questionably, many delightful sea views on the mail 
coach line of road. The waters of the Solway, the 
Isle of Man, the distant mountains of Cumberland, 
and, in clear weather, those of Ireland, afford con- 
stant objects of attention and pleasure to the travel- 
ler. Eut we confess we have, rod in hand, an un- 
quenchable thirst for wild and unbeaten tracts ; 
and if the angler has as much time to throw away, 
let him leave all the roads and towns on the coast, 
and traverse the mountainous part of the country as 
the ^ ' crow flies . ' ' Time to throw away, did I say. No I 
not thrown away, but most usefully and profitably 
employed. The saunterings of the angler over such 
lands as we have first noticed is not idleness. 
Thoughtless persons are apt to imagine that ram- 
bling about in fields, by the banks of rivers, listen- 
ing to the cheerful song of the birds, smelling the 
sweetness of the flowers, and delighting in the 
freshness of the mountain breeze, is idleness, because 
there is no immediate mercenary profit. They for- 
get that all the delights of nature — the beauties of 
the meadows and the forests, the balmy breath of 
the air wafted over the wild luxuries of the earth, 
the waving of the trees, the murmurings of the 
brooks, the shelter from the mid-day sim, the lowing 
of the cattle on a thousand hills, the peaceful labours 
of the peasant, surrounded by all these gratifications 
— they forget that these, when pouring their riches 
upon the mind of a solitary man, upon the soil pre- 
pared by the softening hand of self-examination, 
prove the brightest volume, the sagest lessons of ex- 



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perience — the noblest picture of tlie Divine nature — 
the most powerful incentive to industry, that can be 
communicated in our brief career while here upon 
earth. In reading the writings of others we flag, 
we slumber, and we often desist from instruction to 
which we are not wakeful enough to hearken — ^hear- 
ing even the most elegant admonitions, we are not en- 
thusiastic. Not so the admonitions which the angler 
sees, and hears, nay, often feels, in his wanderings. 
These never pall upon ^^ the stomach of his sense." 
They are fresh and invested with new beauty every 
visit. They penetrate into his bosom, and mingle 
in the actions and feelings of his daily life. Every 
thing he has to do may be doubled — ^nay, rendered 
tenfold, by the vigour and newness of spirit com- 
municated by his love of the ^^ gentle craft." But 
whatever route the angler may find it convenient to 
take, we shall give a sketch of the rivers in such a 
manner as wiU, it is hoped, afford him all the infor- 
mation he requires. 

Leaving the iNith and its tributaries, let the ang- 
ler dash on to the Urr, in Kirkcudbrightshire, dis- 
tance about fourteen miles. This is an excellent 
angling stream. It springs out of Loch Urr, on the 
confines of Dumfriesshire, and has a run of more 
than thirty miles, taking its numerous windings in- 
to calculation. It has but few feeders, and those are 
of little or no moment. Eor several miles from the 
loch out of which it springs, its streams are small, 
and, in dry seasons, not well adapted for fly-fishing. 
Eut they deepen and widen as they proceed on their 



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way to the ocean ; and from the neighbourliood of 
Kirkbrideto the parish of TJrr, there is a succession 
of good angling streams, in which fair sized trout 
are to be had. And indeed, the river is excellent 
for the rod, all the way down to the sea. There are 
a great many neat gentlemen's residences on its 
banks, and as beautiful sketches of scenery as can 
meet the eye in any other parts of Scotland. There 
is a large Eoman Camp, and in good preservation, at 
a place called the Moat of TJrr, which is well enti- 
tled to the notice of the antiquary. I have known 
minnow very successfully used in the TJrr, during 
the summer months. The largest trout ever taken 
in it, have been captured by this seductive bait. 
Eed and black hackle flies seem to be favourites here. 

The river Dee takes precedence of all others in 
this county. It springs out of Loch Dee, and has 
a run of above forty miles. It is a capital water for 
common trout, salmon, salmon-trout, bull-trout ; 
and there are likewise a few pike and perch in it. 
The salmon fisheries axe of considerable value ; and 
large quantities of this species of fish are taken 
throughout the season, and transported to London, 
and to the markets of neigbouring provincial towns. 
The river enters the sea a little below the town of 
Kirkcudbright. 

Tarf Water enters the Dee a short distance above 
the town, and has a range of about ten or twelve 
miles. It contains a good stock of fish, and is much 
frequented by anglers in the vicinity. The vale 
through which it flows is very interesting. The Dee, 



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from where this stream enters it, and to where it is 
joined by the river Ken, embraces a choice collec- 
tion of fishing waters, all richly stocked with the 
various kinds of fish for which it is celebrated. This 
range of country on the Dee goes by the name of 
the Glen Kens^ and contains many rural scenes and 
landscapes of singular beauty. Alexander Montgo- 
mery, the Scottish poet, who flourished in the reign 
of James YI., was bom in this neighbourhood. In 
his well-known work, ^' The Cherry and the Slae," 
he describes some scenes on the river near to Tong- 
land-hill, where it falls over some rocky eminences, 
in the following lines : — 

" But, as I lukit me alane, 
I saw a river rin 
Out ower a steeple rock o' stane, 
Syne lichtit in a linn ; 
With tumbling and rumbling 
Amang the rookies round ; 
De vailing and falling 
Into a pit profound." 

In the ancient history of Tongland Abbey, it is 
mentioned that the people enjoyed great sport with 
the salmon, which, in dry summers, could not get 
beyond this cataract. "Here it is,'' says the his- 
torian, " that the Yiscount of Kenmure, as bailie of 
the Abbey of Tongland, hath privilege of a Bailie- 
day, prohibiting all persons from fishing in that 
time, so that, on a day appointed, there is excellent 
pastime ; the Yiscount and his friends, with a mul- 
titude of other persons, coming thither to the fishing 



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of the salmon, which, being enclosed among the 
rocks, men go in and catch them in great abundance 
with their hands, spears, yea, with their very dogs^ 

The stretch of water from where the Dee is joined 
by the river Ken, in the direction of the sea, abounds 
with fine fishing streams, and no angler need want 
sport who knows his trade, and will devote himself 
to it. Large baskets of trout can be had in almost 
all states of the water ; and I have found here, what 
I have often witnessed elsewhere, that strong east 
and north winds, though piercingly cold, when they 
fall fairly upon portions of still and deep water, are 
very favourable to the feeding of fish. I have seen 
them quite ravenous under such circumstances. 

In this section of the Dee, immense quantities of 
grilse are occasionally taken. In 1836, there was 
caught, at one draught, three hundred and fifteen ! 
It is chiefly in this section of the water that the 
large bull-trout are found, sometimes weighing up- 
wards of twenty pounds. It is in these parts where 
both the Ken and the Dee flow through Loch-Kcn, 
that perch and pike are to be found in any quanti- 
ties. It was here that one of the latter species of 
fish was taken with fly, of the astonishing weight 
of seventy -two pounds. 

The Ken has a run of about twenty miles before 
it falls into the Dee ; and in its higher portions is a 
very pleasant stream for trouting. Should the 
angler make Sanquhar a starting point for this river, 
he will find the public road leading into the higher 
parts of Kirkcudbrightshire passing close to upper 



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waters of the Ken, wliicli, wlien followed down a 
few miles, soon become fine streams for tlie fly. But 
tlie trout are here much smaller than in the lower 
sections of the stream. It has few feeders; the 
Deugh "Water and the Garpel Eum being the prin- 
cipal. They are not, however, of much consequence. 

There is some lake-fishing in this locality to those 
who are fond of it. The lochs of Grannoch, Domal, 
Lochinbreck, Glentoo, and Roan, which contain 
trout and pike, and a few perch, will afford a fair 
share of sport. There is a loch in Girthon parish, 
in which there are large quantities of charr. Loch 
Brack is celebrated for its ^e and large trout ; and 
Barscobe, Houie, and Loch Skae, have a high repu- 
tation among the anglers in the neighbourhood. 

The entire scenery of the upper parts of the Ken 
is of a singularly wild and desolate cast. We travel 
for miles and find no human dwelling to cheer our 
eye, or call forth our human sympathies. Yet this 
kind of country is full of interest to a contemplative 
mind. It produces a soft and soothing melancholy 
which some poets have imagined to be the highest 
standard of human bliss. And so, in one sense, it 
certainly is. Nature is never sad ; in all her phases 
she speaks to the heart and affections, and imparts 
to them the most exquisite pleasures. These heathy 
moors, these solitary wastes, these barren and frown- 
ing mountains, and these dells and caves, in which 
the human foot has seldom trodden, light up a more 
intense and bright flame in the breasts of men than 
the bustle of the great city, or the gaities of the 



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ball-room. !N'ature's teachings are always to tlie 
purpose — always directed to self-examination, self- 
culture, self-goyemment, self- gratification and im- 
provement. Every tiling she teaches, she teaches 
for time and eternity. 

The angler will find it a most delightful ramble 
to go from the junction of the two rivers to the 
higher sources of the Dee. There is excellent trout 
fishing in this direction, and the country is beauti- 
ful along many parts of its banks. Erom the neigh- 
bourhood of Poulloch Water, which flows out of 
Loch Grrannoch, to near the source of the stream, 
there is a regular succession of the finest fishing 
waters imaginable. The entire route is full of wild 
and picturesque grandeur. 

"We cannot leave these angling waters without 
noticing that, near to the junction of the Dee and 
Ken, there is a locality rendered sacred by the well- 
known song, called ^' Mary's Dream.'' It was 
written in 1770, by one John Lowe, the son of the 
gardener of Kenmure Castle. We are told that 
Bums specially visited this neighbourhood, hallowed 
by the outpourings of genius, and ** lingered, and 
lingered, and lingered on the spot, as if he expected 
the passing spirit to appear." The author of this 
song fell in love with one of the daughters of a gen- 
tleman, in whose family he was a preceptor. The 
sister to this young lady was called Mary, and her 
lover was drowned at sea; and this unfortunate 
occurrence induced the young man to write the song 
in question. As it is a great favourite with the 



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inliabitants in tMs part of Scotland, and a most 
beautiful thing in itself, we shall take the liberty of 
here transcribing it : — 

MARY'S DREAM. 

The lovely moon had climVd the hill, 

Where eagle's big aboon the Dee, 
And, like the looks of a lovely dame. 

Brought joy to everybody's ee. 
A' but sweet Mary deep in sleep, 

Her thoughts on Sandy far at sea ; 
A voice drapt saftly on her ear — 

" Sweet Mary, weep nae mair for me !" 

She lifted up her wakening een, 

To see from whence the sound might be, 
And there she saw young Sandy stand, 

Pale, bending on her hollow ee. 
" 0, Mary, dear, lament nae mair ! 

I'm in death's thraws aneath the sea ; 
Thy weeping makes me sad in bliss, 

Sae, Mary, weep nae mair for me ! 

" The wind slept when we left the bay, 

But soon it waked and raised the main, 
And God he bore us down the deep, 

Wha strave wi' him, but strave in vain. 
He stretch'd his arm and took me up, 

Tho' laith I was to gane but thee : 
I look frae heaven aboon the storm, 

Sae, Mary, weep nae mair for me ! 

" Take aff thae bride-sheets frae ihy bed, 
Which thou hast faulded down for me — 
Unrobe thee of thy earthly stole — 
1*11 meet in heaven aboon wi' thee !** 



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Three times the grey cock flapp'd his wing, 

To mak the morning lift his ee ; 
And thrice the passing spirit said, 

" Sweet Mary, weep nae mair for me !'* 

Passing from the Dee, and proceeding westward, 
we meet with the river Cree, which springs out of 
Ayrshire, passes through Loch Cree, and, after a 
course of about twenty miles, falls into Wigton Bay, 
near the town of Creetown. The Minnick enters it 
a little above Loch Cree, and is a good trout stream. 
In the higher parts of both streams, the trout are 
very numerous, but they run small ; and the best 
fishing waters for the salmon and grilse are below 
the town of Newton Stewart. 

The Bla\^denoch Water is one of a similar charac- 
ter to that of the Cree. It springs out of the same 
locality, runs parallel with it, and then enters Wig- 
ton Bay a few miles west of Creetown. ]^ear to Kirk- 
cowan, the Blai||Ldenoch receives the Tarf Water, 
which comes from the same mountainous range on 
the borders of the county of Ayr. Both streams 
have a good share of trout in their higher waters, 
but not m.any salmon or salmon- trout. The scenery 
upon many parts of their banks is very fine and pic- 
turesque. The flies we have used in these waters 
have generally been of a brown and black-bodied 
cast. But our impression is, that the fish here are 
not very particular as to colour^ only she is of some 
moment. 

The Pleet and the Luce, both entering Luce Bay 
at a short distance from each other, are streams 



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worth throwing a line into, though they are not of a 
first-rate character. We have seen the minnow a 
very deadly bait in both waters, in the summer 
months, after rain. 

Turning from Gallowayshire to the right towards 
the north, we enter Ayrshire, a county which has 
some fine angling streams. If we cut through the 
country by the higher parts of the Cree, we shall at 
no very great distance fall in with the river Stin- 
char, which runs a course of about thirty miles. It 
is a good angling water, and has a fair portion of 
salmon. Its feeders are the Dusk, the Tig, and the 
Muck ; in all of which a great number of small but 
rather rich flavoured trout are to be found. The 
anglers who frequent this stream use a great variety 
of flies ; the minnow is likewise in great request in 
certain seasons of the year. 

Should the tourist wish to have a little loch fish- 
ing, he will find several sheets of water in the loca- 
lities near to the higher parts of the Minnick and 
Cree. These are Loch Darnal, Maberry, Chirmany, 
and Moam, in all of which there are trout, pike, 
bull-trout, perch, and several other species of bot- 
tom fish. The rural scenery in the neighbourhood 
of these lochs is often very beautiful and impressive, 
and cannot fail to yield the angler a large portion of 
rational pleasure and enjoyment. 

If the angler has wandered with his rod through 
these mountainous tracts of Gallowayshire, and has 
had the right feelings of a genuine piscatorian, his 
mind will look back upon these wild regions with 



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some degree of regret. His eye has become familiar 
with, certain features of nature — the hills, the peaks, 
the dells, the gorges, the rushing waters, and the 
smiling but narrow valleys. They have all 
administered to his pleasure, whether he caught fish 
or not. The imagination has dwelt upon them with 
more or less intensity and affection ; and now, when 
he has to bid them farewell, he feels they have 
obtained a hold upon his heart, which he did not 
previously anticipate. This is one of the grand 
secrets which nature teaches us, in courting and 
wooing her. She has an irresistible fascination about 
her. Her smiles, and even her frowns and scowls, 
have something seductively winning and engaging. 
She stamps her character upon our remembrances, 
and places it for ever before us. The rivers and the 
trees, the hills and the fields, are the marks she 
leaves on the journal of our memory. She fills us 
with admiration at this spot, and overawes us at 
that. We have derived rich stores of joy and beauty 
from east and west, north and south. We have 
revelled in luxurious feelings from nature's inex- 
haustible storehouse. The heavens and the earth 
have administered to our gratification, and filled us 
with lively hopes and aspirations. And now we 
are about to leave these spots of sublimity and gran- 
deur, and to saunter among tamer views and cham- 
pagne landscapes. The hum, and noise, and bustle 
of active and social life, will again engross the 
senses, and fill our minds with images and materials 
of thought, of an altogether different character. 



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Coming suddenly from such pure and bracing air — 
from tlie still sublimities of nature — tbe hum of a 
city falls upon the ear like a dream. One can 
scarcely realise the noise and turmoil of carts and 
carriages, or relish the odours from reeking gutters 
and cesspools, or attune our organs of hearing to the 
shouts and squallings of hundreds of ragged and 
dirty urchins, up the narrow lanes and alleys of the 
crowded emporium of wealth and traffic. All these 
things instinctively drive us back again upon our- 
selves ; we grasp the rod, that true emblem of tran- 
quility and peace, more firmly in the hand, and look 
back to the simplicity, and purity, and grandeur 
which enshroud all our mountain wanderings and 
rural contemplations. 

Pollowing along the coast, we come, at a distance 
of about twelve miles, to the Girvan, which springs 
from the hills in the neighbourhood of Barr and 
Straiton. One of its sources is Loch Spalander, 
which contains excellent and large-sized trout, with 
a goodly sprinkling of charr. Trolling with the 
minnow in this sheet of water, which is of no great 
extent, is very successful, at almost any part of the 
fishing season. The banks of the Girvan have long 
been highly celebrated for their fine scenery. Eums 
sings of ^^ Girvan' s fairy-haunted stream;" and the 
whole neighbourhood is more or less interesting 
from particular and striking incidents in Scottish 
history. A place called Tumberry was the property 
of Eobert Bruce, and the spot, as Bums relates, 
"where Bruce ance ruled the martial ranks, and 



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shook his Carrick spear." Here also was the farm 
of Shanter, belonging to Douglas Grahame, the hero 
of " Tarn o' Shanter/' which the Ayrshire bard has 
rendered familiar all over the world. 

As an angling river, the Girvan is a pleasant 
water to perambulate with the rod. The streams are 
well adapted for throwing the line with ease and 
dexterity ; and in the spring months they are com- 
monly in very high condition for sport. Attention 
ought to be paid to the size of the flies used for this 
water ; colour is not of so much importance. 

The Doon and its feeders are classic waters in this 
section of the Scottish kingdom. Their streams 
have been immortalised by the fascinations of song. 
Its sources lie on the borders of Kirkcudbright, and 
it is connected with a chain of lochs, of which Loch 
Doon is the principal. The river has a run from 
this spot to the sea of about eighteen or twenty 
miles, and is altogether a very fine and interesting 
angling stream. Salmon, salmon-trout, the yel- 
low and common trouts, and pike, are found in its 
waters. Its bed is very rocky ; and we every now 
and then meet with narrow gullies through which the 
watery element makes its way with irresistible im- 
petuosity. The angling with fly is good nearly all 
the entire route, from Loch Doon to where the river 
joins the ocean. It is much frequented by numbers 
of anglers from the town of Ayr and its neighbour- 
hood, by whom its higher waters are generally more 
warmly eulogised than those portions nearer the 
coast. Good fishing tackle is to be had in this town. 



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Lake fisMng in the higher parts of the Doon is 
very good. Loch Doon itself is a sheet of water six 
miles long, and about a mile in breadth. There are 
no less than twenty -six distinct lochs in or near to the 
parish of Staiton ; in all of which there are more or 
less trout, pike, perch, &c. In some of these lochs, 
such as Eraden, Dercleugh, and Pinlas, boats are 
kept for the accommodation of anglers. 

This locality is interesting on accoimt of its 
having been a celebrated spot for the shelter of the 
Presbyterians in former days ; many of whom met 
here with cruel and savage deaths. There is a place 
called Ayr^s Moss, where between sixty and seventy 
of them located themselves, determined upon resist- 
ance or death. They were attacked by a number of 
dragoons, and many of them killed on the spot. The 
scene of this bloody affair is marked by a flat monu- 
ment, called Carrier orCs Stone. 

The river Ayr has a larger range than the Doon, 
being nearly thirty miles in extent. It springs out 
of the hilly grounds about the neighbourhood of 
Muirkirk. It is a fair fishing stream, but does not 
stand so high in general estimation as the Doon. 
There are a few salmon and yellow trout in it. In 
the higher localities of the Ayr, we fall in with its 
two small feeders, the Garpel and the Greenock, 
which have a considerable quantity of small trout ; 
but these waters are scarcely entitled to the notice 
of the tourist, when other superior streams are so 
near and abundant. The Lugar and the Coyle like- 
wise join the Ayr lower down towards the west. 



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These are better tributaries than the other two first 
mentioned. We have seen fine trout, and in consi- 
derable numbers, taken in the Lugar, particularly 
with the minnow, during the summer months. 

The entire valley of the Ayr is extremely interest- 
ing, both from its rural features and from the poeti- 
cal associations connected with it, from its having 
been the birth-place of Eums, and where he spent 
the first twenty-five years of his life. Some of the 
most humorous and pathetic pieces were written on 
or near to the banks of the Ayr, and are descriptive of 
some of its well-known localities, even at this hour. 
It was at Mauchline, near the river, that he saw his 
*^ Highland Mary," his first love, of whom he sang, 

" Ye banks, and braes, and streams around 

The Castle o* Montgomerie, 
Green be your woods and fair your flowers, 

Your waters never drumlie. 
There summer first unfaulds her robes, 

And there they langest tarry, 
For there I took my last farewell 

Of my sweet Highland Mary. 

" How sweetly bloom' d the gay green birk, 

How rich the hawthorn's blossom. 
As underneath the fragrant shade 

I clasp' d her to my bosom." 
***** 

The poet's biographers tell us that he and this 
object of his ardent affection ^' stood on each side of 
a small brook — ^they laved their hands in the limpid 
stream — and, holding a Bible between them, pro- 
nounced their vows to be faithful to each other.'' 



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This Bible is, or was lately, in possession of a sur- 
viving sister of Mary, at Ardrossan. Upon the 
boards of the first volume, is inscribed, in Burn's 
handwriting, " And ye shall not swear by my name 
falsely, I am the Lord. — (Lev., xix., 12). On the 
second volume, '^ Thou shalt not forswear thyself, 
but shall perform unto the Lord thine oaths." — 
(Mat., v., 33). And on the blank leaf of either, 
"Eobert Bums, Mossgiel," with his free-mason 
mark. The parting was an eternal one. On return- 
ing to Greenock, on her way to Ayrshire, Mary 
Campbell died of inflammation, and was buried in 
the church-yard there, where there is a monument 
to commemorate her story. 

It was in this locality of the Ayr that he after- 
wards wrote his famous ballad, which Mr. Lockhart 
says is the best he ever penned, ''To Mary in 
Heaven." 

" Thou lingering star, with lessening ray, 
That lov'st to greet the early morn, 
Again thou usher' st in the day 
My Mary from my soul was torn. 

*' 0, Mary ! dear departed shade ! 

Where is thy blissful place of rest ? 
Seest thou thy lover lowly laid ? 
Hear'st thou the groans that rend his breast ?" 

Proceeding towards Glasgow, we meet with the 
Irvine, and its tributary, the Cessnack. The main 
river is not held in high repute by anglers, but its 
feeder has a fair portion of smallish trout. 



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The Gamock springs from the higher lands of the 
county, in the vicinity of the two sheets of water 
called Kilbimie and Castlesemple, both of which 
contain trout, perch, pike, &c. The Gamock is 
considerably augmented by the waters of the Eye, 
Caaf, Dusk, and Lugton. There is a good sprink- 
ling of small trout in all these feeders, but in dry 
seasons they become quite unfit for anything like 
pleasant rod- fishing. The chief river is greatly to be 
preferred. It falls into the sea near Irvine. 

The banks of most of these waters are very beau- 
tiful, and at particular parts of their course present 
very rich and varied landscapes. They are a good 
deal frequented by anglers in the height of the fish- 
ing season, and prove a valuable auxiliary to the 
stock of angling streams so near to the great and 
increasing City of Glasgow. 

The County of Renfrew is very small, and contains 
few waters of any note. The White Cart, the Black 
Cart, and the Gryfe, rise in the high moorlands, 
meet in one, and join the Clyde at Inchinnan. The 
White Cart, in its higher localities, contains a good 
many very fine trout ; and in this neighbourhood 
there are several lochs : Loch Goin, Brother Loch, 
Black Loch, Long Loch, &c., in all of which there 
are fine trout, and likewise charr. The feeders 
of the White Cart are Earn Bum, Kevack Bum, 
Auldhouse Bum, and Levern Water. 

The Black Cart is, in some parts of its course, a 
fair fishing stream, though not exactly to our fancy. 
There are but few trout in it, and those of no great 



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size. It has pike, braize, and perch. The Gryfe 
joins it, which has the Locher for its chief feeder. 

]S"early all the rivers, and many of their chief tri- 
butaries, enumerated in this division of our work, 
with the exception of those situated in Galloway, are 
easily accessible by railway conveyance from Glas- 
gow or Edinburgh, and likewise from the English 
border, by way of Carlisle. This circumstance is of 
great moment to the angler whose time and resources 
are limited. He may make a tour of many waters, 
and enjoy a great diversity of scenery, at a very 
trifling cost of money and time. 




PART III. 



THE NORTH & NOHTH-WESTERN DIVISION. 

Embracing the Counties op Dumbarton, Stirling, Arotlb, Pebth, 
Aberdeen, Banff, Nairn, Inverness, Ross, Sutherland, and 
Caithness. 



We are now about to enter upon our third great 
angling route, or, we ought rather to say, an entire 
series of routes, which are by far the most varied, 
and, to many minds, will prove the most interesting 
of any we have yet treated of. The vast range of 
waters we are now about to describe, are fitted to 
inspire high hopes, and heart- stirring adventures; 
and to those who visit, for the first time, the nor- 
thern parts of the kingdom, a new sense is communi- 
cated. Never will the young angler forget the 
lively sensations experienced on the first glimpse of 
Highland scenery. The sight is unique ; the feelings 
and emotions of delight carve out new channels for 
themselves ; and he wonders that the refreshing and 
invigorating novelty should have been so long hidden 
from his eyes. His soul is elated beyond measure, 



when he scans, through the bright crimson of a set- 
ting sun, the lofty and rugged peaks of Argyleshire ; 
and as he wanders through the narrow and rocky 
glens, he feels a pleasure as pure, lively, ennobling, 
and spiritual, as any which mortal man, in this 
mundane state of existence, is permitted to ex- 
perience. 

We beg to offer a word or two by way of expla- 
nation. As we have not undertaken to write an 
ordinary guide book of roads and distances, we must 
be excused from dwelling upon matters which are to 
be found in every general directory, or post-office 
hand-book. Our task is to point out the chief rivers 
and lakes which abound with salmon and trout, and 
which lie in the northern section of the Island. The 
fishing localities are so numerous here that we can 
do little more, in many cases, than barely eniunerate 
them. Still we trust that what we have to say on 
the subject will prove useful and opportune. As 
our space is limited, minuteness of description can- 
not be indulged in ; but we shall attempt to give 
such a faithful and general sketch as, we feel confi- 
dent, will prove of advantage to most rod-fishers, 
and, to the comparative stranger to the country, a 
seasonable angling itinerary. 

We may be allowed to mention, byway of introduc- 
tion, and with a view to assist the sporting tourist 
to form a generally correct notion of the geography 
of this district, that the most celebrated chain of 
Highland mountains is that of the Grampians. It 
commences on the east of Loch Etive, in Argyle- 



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shire, and terminates between Stonehaven and the 
mouth of the Dee. The most elevated portion of 
this chain lies at the head of this river. Een Mac- 
dui is the highest mountain in Scotland, and rises 
4,418 feet above the level of the sea. The mountains 
of Cairngorm, Cairntoul, and Een Avon, are respec- 
tively 4,050, 4,225, and 3,967 feet. ]N"ear to the 
east end of Loch Eannock is the mountain Schehal- 
lion, 3,613 feet, and Een Lawers, on the north side 
of Loch Tay, is 3,945 ; Een More, at the head of 
Glendochart, 3,818; Een Lomond, on the confines 
of Loch Lomond, 3,191 ; and Een Cruachen, at the 
head of Loch Awe, 3,390. Een ]S"evis, commonly 
reputed one of the highest Eritish mountains, lies in 
the vicinity of Fort- William, and is 4,358 feet above 
the level of the ocean. Its circumference at its base 
is computed at 24 miles. On the south of the 
Grampians, the Sidlaw, Ochil, and Campoie chains 
of hills cut the valleys of the Forth and Tay into 
three distinct portions. 

Making a start with our rod and basket from 
Glasgow, we have a ready access, either by railway 
or river steamer, to the county of Dumbarton. We 
shall say nothing of the river Kelvin, in the imme- 
diate vicinity of the city, further than that it is a 
stream not worth a single rush to any angler who 
has the rest of Scotland before him. Well, get to 
Loch Lomond in a trice. The winding length of this 
lake is not less than four-and-twenty miles. It is 
narrow towards the northern extremity. On the 
western side the hills are well clothed with wood. 



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A very narrow stripe of ground intervenes between 
the termination of the hills and the brink of the 
lake. The isles scattered towards the southern end 
of the loch present a most charming sight. They 
are for the most part covered with wood. 

There is excellent fishing in the loch, which con- 
tains trout of great size, and a goodly portion of sal- 
mon and salmon-trout. The Leven Water, in 
extent about seven miles, is a piece of good fishing 
water. Smollett, who was bom and educated in 
this locality, has sung the praises of the Leven in 
an ode, which has retained a well-merited celebrity. 

" On Leven' s banks, while free to rove, 
And tune the rural pipe to love, 
I envied not the happiest swain 
That ever trod the Arcadian plain. 
Pure stream ! in whose transparent wave 
My youthful limbs I wont to lave ; 
No torrents strain thy limpid source, 
No rocks impede thy dimpling course, 
That sweetly warbles o'er its bed 
"With white, round, polish' d pebbles spread. 
While lightly pois'd the scaly brood 
In myriads cleave thy crystal flood ; 
The springing trout in speckled pride, 
The salmon, monarch of the tide, 
The ruthless pike, intent on war, 
The silver eel, and mottled par. 
Devolving from thy parent lake, 
A charming maze thy waters make, 
By bowers of birch, and groves of pine, 
And edges flower' d with eglantine. 
Still on thy banks so gaily green 
May numerous flocks and herds be seen, 



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And lasses chanting o'er the pail, 
And shepherds piping in the dale ; 
And ancient faith that knows no guile, 
And industry imbrown'd with toil ; 
And hearts resolved, and hands prepar'd, 
The blessings they enjoy to guard." 

Locli Lomond lias several tributaries, the princi- 
pal of which are the Pruin, Gudrick, Douglas, Luss, 
Einlass, Glenfalloch, and Inveruglass. The trout 
in all these streams nin very small, though numer- 
ous. Anything in the shape and size of a fly will 
tempt them. Ten or twelve dozen of trout may be 
taken out of any of these feeders, in a very short 
space of time. To ramble on their banks is most 
delightful. The scenery in every direction is pic- 
turesque and imposing. 

Should the angler feel disposed, a visit to the 
lofty Een Lomond will afford him inexpressible 
delight. In the immediate vicinity, a few lines 
were written on a pane of glass, in an inn, which 
are very descriptive, both of the mountain itself 
and the best mode of ascending it. 

'' Stranger, if o'er this pane of glass perchance, 
Thy roving eye should cast a casual glance ; 
If taste for grandeur and the dread sublime 
Prompt thee Ben Lomond's fearful height to climb, 
Here gaze attention ; nor with scorn refuse 
The friendly rhymings of a tavern muse. 
For thee that muse this rude inscription plann'd, 
Prompted for thee her humble poet's hand. 
Heed thou the poet ; he thy steps shall lead 
Safe o'er yon towering hiU's aspiring head. 



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Attentive, then, to this informing lay, 

Read how he dictates as he points the way. 

Trust not at first a quick advent' rous pace. 

Six miles its top points gradual from the base. 

Up the high rise with panting haste I pass'd, 

And gained the long laborious steep at last. 

More prudent thou, when once you pass the deep, 

"With measured pace and slow ascend the lengthen' d steep ; 

Oft stay thy steps, oft take the cordial drop. 

And rest, rest ! long, long upon the top ; 

Where hail the breezes, nor with toilsome haste 

Down the rough slope thy previous vigour waste. 

So shall thy wondering sight at once survey 

Vales, lakes, woods, mountains, islands, rocks, and sea ; 

Huge hills that, heap'd in crowded order, stand 

Stretch' d o'er the northern and the western land — 

Vast lumpy groups ; while Ben, who often shrouds 

His loftier summit in a veil of clouds. 

High o'er the rest displays superior state, 

In proud pre-eminence sublimely great. 

One side, all awful to the gazing eye, 

Presents a steep three hundred fathoms high. 

The scene tremendous shocks the startled sense 

"With all the pomp of dread magnificence. 

All these, and more, shalt thou transported see, 

And own a faithful monitor in me." 

How often have we reposed under some overhang- 
ing rock on these streams in Dumbartonshire, and 
surveyed with interested eye, and feeling of intense 
pleasure, the sublime traits of nature — ^phenomena 
which fill the soul with astonishment and awe, and 
inspire it at the same time with heavenly ecstacy ! 
This is a work which belongs to the Deity alone to 
execute. Here the mind of man rises in rapturous 



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feelings towards the Author of all the wonders 
which surround him ; here the most determined 
sceptic would he compelled to admit the existence of 
a Supreme Eeing. The most suhlime of religious 
temples, the cathedrals, and even the magnificent 
and incomparahle Yatican itself, where the Deity 
and religion display themselves in all their pomp 
and majesty, can never excite in the mind senti- 
ments of faith and piety so perfect and profound as 
those inspired hy the stupendous, transcendent, and 
prodigious creations of Di\dne Omnipotence dis- 
played in these mountain passes. 

It is not one of the least of the pleasures of the 
angling tourist to find, in many of those seques- 
tered spots, such as we are now treating of, the 
beauties of nature, sterile and bleak as she often is, 
inspiring the love of song in the rural swains in the 
neighbourhood ; and to witness how often the ten- 
der passion is awakened in the breast of the rod- 
fisher, by rambling among the solitary haunts 
which his sport leads him to frequent. In angling 
down the Truin lately, we met with one of those 
rural ditties, which pleased us much, chiefly on 
account of having been highly interested with 
the divers windings through its wild and romantic 
channel to where it empties itself into Loch Lomond. 
This is all the apology we can offer for inserting 
these lines here. 

" Iv'e aften seen the roses blaw — 

I've aften stray' d the flow'rs amang — 



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I've aften heard, in birken shaw, 
The little wood-lark's heavenly sang — 

I've aften mark'd, in cloudless sky, 
The progress of the rising moon — 

But never ought could yield me joy 
Like angling on the banks of Froon. 

" *Twas here I saw a diamond bright, 

Her raven hair's the jetty craw, 
Her silvery neck's as pure an' white 

As is the breast o' the sea maw. 
The hinny di-ap frae alF the lip 

0' this dear saint in beauty's noon, 
An angel's sel' might fondly sip, 

Sae sweet I the maiden of Glenfroon. 

" Blind fortune, hence ! I court thee not, 

Nor 'gainst thee shall I e'er repine — 
Go, deal thy favours, lot by lot, 

To them that kneel before thy shrine. 
But night and day to heav'n I'll pray, 

Until it grant me a' my boon, 
Then will I clasp, in love's fond grasp, 

As mine, the maiden of Glenfroon. 

The Endrick is a good angling stream in the 
summer months after rain. We have seen large 
baskets of fish caught at such times in its waters. 
Its banks are famed as the birth-place of IS'apier, the 
discoverer of the Logarithms, and where he was 
^igaged many years in his profound calculations. 

« Th' Endrick, in wildly lyric mood, 
Displays her laurel crown. 
And tells that, musing by her flood, 
Sage Napier earned renown : 



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That oft she paused, and marked at midnight hour 
The pale lamp glimmering in his ivied tower." 

PROFESSOR RICHAKDSOir. 

There are several small burns, and two or three 
lochs, besides Loch Lomond, in which there is fair 
fishing. There are trout, pike, and perch, in Loch 
Sloy, in the neigbourhood of Arrochar. 

Stirlingshire is easily reached either by way of 
Glasgow, or from the Dumbarton side of the county. 
Its chief river is the Forth. It springs from the 
vicinity of the northern side of Ben Lomond, and 
for several miles of its course is called the Duchray. 
In this section of its waters, running over a barren 
and uninteresting range of mossy land, it is not of 
much fishing note. Its trout are often, however, 
above the average size, and always comparatively 
rich and highly flavoured. Light and gaudy flies 
are here very successful. 

The waters of the Eorth are greatly increased 
near Aberfoil from those which flow out of Loch 
Ard. The river again changes its name to that of 
Avondow ; and, after running about six miles in the 
county of Perth, re-enters Stirlingshire, and again 
assumes its original designation of Forth. It 
receives the waters of the Teith and Allan before it 
reaches the town of Stirling. There is capital sal- 
mon and trout fishing in this locality, and pike and 
perch are likewise to be obtained. The Corporation 
of Stirling own the greater part of the salmon 
fisheries on the water, which amount to a consider- 



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able sum yearly. We shall notice in another place 
the eastern streams of this county. 

Argyleshire is a district rich in numerous and 
yaried fishing waters. Indeed, there are so many, 
that a formal enumeration and description of them 
would be both tiresome and unprofitable. The 
county is readily accessible from Glasgow, from 
whence the angler can plunge at once into the very 
heart of it, in a few hours, by steamers plying in 
every direction, and at a very trifling expense. In 
no part of the island is there a more interesting 
field for piscatory excursions than in this section 
of it. 

If the tourist move from the Dumbarton side of 
the county, he may soon be in the neighbourhood of 
excellent fishing waters. Let him make his way to 
Inverary. He will be in the vicinity of Loch Fine, 
into which the rivers Ary and Shira fall. These 
are good trout streams. The fish are rich, and in 
fair size. The most seductive flies, in our experi- 
ence, are the red and black hackles. We have 
known several dozens of trout taken with them in 
these waters, in a very short space of time. 

Loch Fine is the largest arm of the sea which 
penetrates inland in Scotland. Its length, between 
Inverary and the Mull of Cantyre, is nearly one 
hundred miles. Near its mouth the sea communi- 
cates with many other large openings into the land. 
It is famous for its salmon and herring fisheries. 
The scenery is very beautiful in most localities. One 
of the most interesting objects in this neighbour- 



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hood is Inverary Castle, the residence of the Duke 
of Argyle. Sir "Walter Scott, in his legend of Mon- 
trose, has done ample justice to this ducal seat 
and the splendid scenery around it. "Embarked,'' 
says he, " on the bosom of Loch Fine, Captain Dal- 
getty might have admired one of the grandest scenes 
which nature affords. He might have noticed the 
rival rivers Ary and Shira, which pay tribute to the 
lake, each issuing from its own dark and wooded 
retreat. He might have marked out the soft and 
gentle slopes that ascend from the shores ; the noble 
old Gothic castle, with its varied outline, embattled 
walls, towers, and outer and inner courts, which, so 
far as the picturesque is concerned, presented an 
aspect much more striking than the present massive 
and uniform mansion. He might have admired 
those dark woods, which, for many a mile, sur- 
rounded this strong and princely dwelling, and his 
eye might have dwelt on the picturesque peak of 
Duniquoich, starting abruptly from the lake, and 
raising its scathed brow into the mist of the middle 
sky ; while a solitary watch-tower perched on its 
top like an eagle's nest, gave a dignity to the scene 
by awaking a sense of possible danger." 

Douglas Water runs into Loch Finn, and is a 
good trout stream, though of very limited extent. 
There are several small bums which flow into the 
loch at various places, and in which fine trout are 
often taken vdth bait in the summer season after a 
good shower of rain. 

If the angler be in the higher localities of the 



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river Ary, Loch Awe lies only a short distance to 
the west, and the walk to it will be found pictur- 
esque and pleasant. Dalmally is a suitable angling 
station ; it places the tourist in the immediate vici- 
nity of first-rate fishing waters. Loch Awe itself 
is a splendid sheet of water for the rod. The most 
frequented sporting station on its banks is Port Son- 
nachan, which is twelve miles from Inverary. The 
lake is between five- and- twenty and thirty miles in 
length, but averaging little more than a mile in 
breadth. It has a good supply of salmon, trout, 
bull-trout, pike, charr, and the sea trout. The loch 
is surrounded by lofty mountains of the most roman- 
tic and wild description, the highest of which is 
Ben Cruachan, whose base extends to Loch Etive, 
and occupies an area of full twenty square miles. 
The finest scenery on Loch Awe will be found at 
its eastern extremity. Its banks are generally 
sloping, well cultivated, and ornamented with tim- 
ber. There are four-and-twenty small islands stud- 
ded over its surface, some of which are very beauti- 
fiil, and well wooded. The loch is said to be, in 
some parts, full seventy fathoms deep. 

There is a beautiful view of the Orchy, from the 
old stone bridge that crosses it, near to Dalmally. 
The clear streams, the rich pastures, and the moun- 
tains in the distance, present as magnificent a pros- 
pect as the eye of man can rest upon. 

Erom this point the mountain scenery is very im- 
posing, and reminds the rambler of the romantic 
character of some of the valleys of the Rhine, only 



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the volnme of water is wanting. It exhausts all the 
powers of expression to do justice to the scene. 
Amidst a number of cultivated patches of land, 
encircled by the graceful sinuosities of the river, 
arises a conical and detached mountain. If you 
ascend it, you have to make your way through con- 
siderable quantities of firs and brushwood, strikingly 
contrasted, in many spots, with the huge blocks of 
barren rocks which lie interspersed among them ; 
but when the summit is gained, a most delightful 
view bursts upon the eye, commanding the whole 
valley and cultivated grounds beneath. To see the 
first or last rays of a splendid sun gild the lovely 
picture, is a scene never to be forgotten. Casting a 
glance over the opposite mountains, we see them 
ruggedly broken in abrupt rocks ; and the imagina- 
tion involuntarily moulds them into forms of towers, 
steeples, cottages, and the like. 

The river Awe is a first-rate piece of water for 
salmon and trout fishing, but its extent does not 
exceed five miles at the utmost. When there is a 
good stiff breeze on the still parts of it, verj^ large 
fish can readily be taken. At the eastern extremity 
of the loch, there is likewise the Orchy, which is its 
chief feeder. It has its source in a sheet of water 
about fifteen miles from its mouth. It is ;:ii excel- 
lent trout and salmon stream, and the country along 
its banks is magnificently wild and impressive. 
There are several other short runs of water, and 
burns, fiowing into the loch, in all of whi<:'h there is 
abundance of fish, though of a sm* r han 



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those found in the main waters. Gaudy flies are the 
favourite ones in these localities ; the size, of course, 
varying with the wind, the season of the year, and 
the state of the waters. Good and commodious 
inns will be found for the tourist at Dalmally, Cla- 
dish, Port Sonachan, and Eunaw. These are very 
agreeable and necessary things, especially to English 
piscatory tourists, who are generally very sensitive 
to all domestic comforts. 

Argyleshire contains many antiquities. The 
ecclesiastical ruins in lona are well entitled to espe- 
cial notice. There are in Oronsa the remains of a 
Cistercian priory, one of the religious antiquities of 
the Hebrides. After those of lona, of the ancient 
castles may be mentioned Dunstaffiiage, at the 
entrance of Loch Etive, a square building, in a 
ruinous state, with round towers at three of the 
corners, having an old chapel of elegant workman- 
ship near it ; Ardterinish, or Ardternish, on the 
sound of Mull ; Sknipnish, in Cantjrre ; Kilchurn, 
at the east end of Loch Awe, and others. There 
are, in different places of the coast, old '* duns," or 
Danish forts. Druidical circles more or less complete, 
and cairns, are to ,be seen in different parts. Of 
natural curiosities, besides Staffa, with its basaltic 
columns and cave, may be noticed some singular 
caverns in the parishes of Loch Goyle-head and 
Strachur, both in Cowal. 

In travelling over these moimtainous tracts, and 
diverging any great distance from fixed and estab- 
lished resting places, often exposes the angler to 



Ill 

some privations. He should make up his mind not 
to stand upon mere trifles as to eating and lodgment. 
A certain amount of uncomfortableness gives zest to 
one's piscatory adventures, and makes us feel more 
intensely grateful for a comfortable fire- side, and a 
full board, when we realize them. We were once 
ranging with a small party in this county with the 
rod ; and, delighting in the wild freedom of going 
whithersoever we liked, we wandered by the sides 
of a good fishing stream, till we were far beyond any 
human habitation. "We grew desperately hungry. 
At length we came to a little cottage, of rude and 
primitive construction, into which we ventured. 
We asked for something to eat ; oat-cake was pre- 
sented, but no milk, butter, nor meat of any kind. 
Hungry as we were, the dry oat-cake did not go 
down with any relish. One of the party, in prying 
about the comers of this rural abode, espied the 
entire bone of a shoulder of mutton, with a few of 
the integuments still hanging to it, but of real flesh 
there was scarcely anything. We bargained with 
the good wife of the house for the prize. It was laid 
with great care on a peat fire, dusted liberally with 
salt, and then divided amongst us. How keenly 
did the singed scrapings of the bone make us relish 
our oat-cake. They put us aU in good humour. 
Mutton never had such a taste before; and we 
actually wished that all our legs of mutton could be 
made into bone. We had the essence of all animal 
essences — the meat next the marrpw — the very 
penetralia of the feast. I^o man can form a just 



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notion of wliat is meant by the fat of the land, till 
he has feasted off a bone of this kind, under such 
circumstances. 

When we were done, we began to philosophise. 
Most men do so after being fed. We began to 
rummage up our knowledge of bones. We remem- 
bered that funny personage, Count Rumford, and 
his Essay on Bones ; and likewise the story in the 
Persian Tales, where it is stated that a man " staid 
a whole year with the genii of the earth, feeding on 
nothing but herbs." As for the genii themselves, 
their common nourishment was bones ; these bones 
made their rarest entertainments ; and whilst they 
were grinding them with their teeth, they would 
cry out, '* what excellent food they were." When 
our disquisitions had ended, and we had taken a 
little of the mountain dew, we made up a hash of the 
following lines on our rich and providential repast : 

0, noble bone ! dear token of joy past, 

Have we not shown we lov'd thee to the last? 

Come ! let us tell thee, Shankie, ere we part, 

How like a sage philosopher thou art. 

Lean, insignificant, fit for the fire, 

"We even threw thee on it in our ire. 

But from the ashes — like the phoenix — lo ! 

Thou breathedst forth in re-existing glow 

Of flavour double strong. — 0, glorious bone ! 

Say, have we loved thee for thyself alone ? 

Yet, though we've torn the meat from ofi* thy back. 

And sucked the juices which thy sides now lack, 

An honourable bone thou art, indeed, 

For unto us thou wert a friend in need — 



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And we would drink, if this pint were a keg, 
Thy resurrection in some other leg. 
And if two friends have such a bone to pick, 
We hope they always may continue thick ; 
Nay, if they have but this one bone between them. 
From every bone of discord may fate screen them ; 
And at their mutton, grant those friends most true 
May make no bones about it, but fall to. 

The distance is little more thaii ten miles from the 
eastern point of Loch Awe to the north-eastern 
point of Loch Etive, where the river Etive will be 
found. This is a fine ramble, when the weather is 
suitable. The river is a notable one for good fishing. 
It fiows through a range of country, for about fif- 
teen miles, which is at once the most impressively 
gloomy and grand. Everything around reminds us 
of the notion we commonly have of the end of time, 
and the universal chaos of the world. But the 
angling is excellent for salmon, salmon-trout, and 
common trout. Gaudy flies are the most in vogue 
on this stream. There is a rock stretching across 
its bed, forming a waterfall, near to Dalness, which 
prevents, in a great measure, salmon from ascending 
higher up its waters. We have known prodigious 
quantities of trout taken with fly above this spot. 
The river is by no means much frequented by 
anglers. Besides the Etive, the main loch has 
flowing into it the Kinlas, the Koe, the Liver, and 
the greater and lesser Esragans. These several 
streams, though of little extent, are full of small 
trout, but cannot always be caught with the fly. 



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Erom the higher districts of the Etive, the dis- 
tance to Loch Leven, through by the famous moun- 
tain defile, called Glencoe, is not above twelve or 
fourteen miles. This route the angler should take, 
as this is a spot of country rendered memorable by 
the great massacre which took place in it in 1692 
In passing through this narrow pass, the angler wll 
fall in with the stream called the Cona, celebrated, 
it is said, as the birth-place of Ossian. On each 
side of the banks of this water, a range of lofty hills 
spring perpendicularly to the height of two thousand 
feet, throwing a shadowy gloom over the vale, which 
makes a deep impression on the mind of most tra- 
vellers. The trout are but very smaU in the Cona, 
but when the water is in good order, they can be 
procured in considerable numbers. 

Loch Crenan is near this part of the county, and 
has the Crenan river, and the Euie, Ure, Dergan, 
and Tendal, as supplemental waters. There is good 
fishing in all these places. 

Should the angler set out from Glasgow by steamer, 
direct for Oban, he will fall in with a multitude of 
excellent sporting waters in the vicinity of this well 
known travelling station to the Western Highlands. 
JS'ear the town, we have the stream called the 
Euchar, which springs out of Loch Scauradale, and 
the Oude from another lake, called Trallaig. There 
are ten or a dozen lochs, within a circuit of five or 
six miles of Oban, in which there is splendid trout 
fishing. There is one lake in particular, called 
DonoUy Beg Loch, in Avhicli there is a peculiar spe- 



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cies of trout, thick, short, very red in the flesh, and 
averaging about half-a-pound in weight. These are 
caught sometimes in considerable quantities. Loch 
JS^ell is about seven miles in circumference, and is 
connected by a small stream called the Clugh, mth 
an arm of the sea, denominated Loch Feochan. In 
these separate waters very large trout are often 
taken, weighing from six to nine pounds. Salmon 
are likewise in abundance, and the Argyleshire 
lanochs are to be found in great plenty. The yellow 
trout, weighing from four to six pounds, are very 
commonly met with in all the lochs and small 
streams in the neighbourhood. In what are termed 
the Black Lakes, about three miles from Oban, we 
have seen several dozens of sea-trout, of good size, 
taken in a veiy short space of time. There is a lake 
called Killyheeran, opposite to Oban, in which there 
is very rich, fat, red trout, in considerable quantities. 

There is a large section of Argyleshire laying to 
the north-west of Loch Lihnne and Loch Eil, and 
which is known under the names of Morven, Sunart, 
Ardnamurchan, Ardgour, Knapdale, and Cowal, in 
which there is a large sphere for rod-fishing, both 
for salmon and trout. Loch Sunart, and two or 
three small streams which run into it, and Loch 
Shiel, which divides this county from Inverness, 
abound with trout of a very large size and rich fla- 
vour. All kinds of light and glaring flies are used 
in this division of the Highlands. 

To the north of the opening of Loch Crenan lies 
the district of Appin, in which are the streams called 



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the Coinicli, Col, Duror, Laroch, and Leven. There 
are here a nuniber of small common trout, and a few 
salmon, and salmon-trout, at particular seasons of 
the year. 

There is a portion of Argyleshire, near to Glas- 
gow, which is a good deal frequented by anglers, 
and it suits those who may have only a short time 
to spare to indulge in their favourite amusement. 
If the angler goes by steamer to Kilmun, he wiU 
fall in with the stream called the Euchar, which 
has a run of only about four or five miles out of 
Loch Eck, into the Holy Loch. There is an abun- 
dance of trout and grilse in it, and they take at 
gaudy flies with great readiness. Loch Eck itself is 
seven miles long, and contains, among a variety of 
other fish, the powan, or fresh water herring. It is 
said to possess the fish called in the neighbourhood 
goldie, known no where else ; in length about ^ye 
inches, and very curious on account of the succes- 
sion of brilliant colours it displays before it dies. 

The district known in Argyleshire as Cantyre, 
which stretches away to the south from the main 
portion of the county, contains several small streams, 
in which there is capital fishing, both for salmon, 
grilse, and trout. The chief of these rivulets, for 
they can scarcely be called by any other name, are 
Torisdale, Carradale, Saddell, Crossaig, Sunadale, 
Claonaig, and Skipness. The files required here 
should be of a smallish size, but light and gaudy 
colour. There are a considerable number of small 
lochs scattered up and down this district, in which 



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there is more or less of fine trout. The best known, 
and most frequented of those, is Loch-na-Break, in 
which very large fish have been often found. 

In the Island of Eute, the angler will find Loch 
Fad, and Loch Ascog, good sheets of water for pike 
and perch. In the Grenan Loch there are large 
trout, but not numerous. Salmon are taken out of 
Loch Jorsa, in the Island of Arran ; and good sized 
trout out of Loch Tanna. In Jura there are two or 
three localities for the angler, but not of any 
moment. 

Leaving now this Highland district, we shall 
direct the angler's attention to the fishing grounds 
in the county of Perth. The chief rivers in it are 
the Tay, the Lyon, the TummeU, the Garry, the 
Almond, the Ericht, and the Earn. 

The Tay rises in Ereadalbane, on the frontiers of 
Lame. A short distance from its source, it receives 
the accession of several rills, which considerably 
augment its bulk. Soon after, it diffuses its waters 
into a small lake, called Loch Dochart ; and, in fact, 
the river here bears the name of Dochart. Continu- 
ing its course from this lake, it soon expands into 
another loch of the name of Dochart. Here another 
river falls into it from the north-east. These waters 
are now diffused into the famous Loch Tay. Issuing 
from this at Kenmore, the Tay is further increased 
by the waters of the Lyon. It proceeds through 
Athol, receiving in its progress all the waters of the 
county, till at Logic rait it is joined by the Tummel. 
The Tay now bends to the south, and advancing 



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about eight miles, reaches Dunkeld, whence, taking 
another direction, it continues its course towards 
Perth, still receiving in its way the waters of seve- 
ral tributaries, amongst which the most considerable 
is the Almond. The main river then takes a south- 
eastern course from Perth, receives the Earn, and 
passes by Abemethy, once the capital of the Pictish 
kingdom. Soon after this the river expands to the 
breadth of thi*ee miles, but contracting as it ap- 
proaches Dundee, it flows into the German ocean. 

The Tay is a splendid river for salmon and trout. 
The further the angler advances up the stream the 
better it is for rod-fishing. It winds majestically 
along between the mountain ranges. The noble 
course of this river ; the magnified extent which its 
level situation gives to the appearance of the town 
of Perth ; the spacious lawns, laid out with great 
taste and judgment; the gentle swellings of some 
hills, and the abrupt elevation of others ; the wood 
which clothes their sides, or is irregularly scattered 
over the lower part of the country ; the numerous 
dwellings spread throughout the scene, and the 
highly cultivated portions of ground — all produce a 
striking effect upon the eye of the stranger. He 
does not wonder why the Eoman soldiers, nearly 
two thousand years ago, exclaimed, " The Tiber ! 
The Tiber!" 

The county of Perth altogether is one of the most 
interesting to the general angler in all Scotland. The 
scenery on most of its streams is, in numerous locali- 
ties, splendid in description. Trees of every kind 



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seem to thrive well. Besides the picturesque and 
the beautiful, there are some of the most wild and 
gloomy views of nature which can be found in any 
part of the United Kingdom. 

There are so many excellent fishing stations on 
the Tay, and its many important tributaries, that it 
would require more space than we have at command 
to dwell upon them individually at any length. We 
shall just dot down a few observations respecting 
them, leaving the angling tourist, when he pays the 
county of Perth a visit, to fill up the outline from 
his own experience. 

Every angler has his own whims and fancies about 
the most eligible sections of rivers and streams. For 
oui" own part, we like the districts of the Tay which 
lie between Dunkeld and Kenmore best, for general 
trout fishing. It is a pleasant section of the water 
altogether, and has within its range every form of 
the running watery element which can interest the 
practical eye of the rod-fisher. 

In the Dochart and Lochay are likewise fine ang- 
ling streams. We have seen fine baskets of fish 
taken in this direction. Almost any kind of flies 
will prove tempting in this district. At Killin, 
sixteen miles west of Kenmore, there is a waterfall, 
which prevents salmon from getting higher up the 
stream. They are often collected in great quantities 
in this part of the river, and the country people take 
them with bare hooks tied together, and let down 
into the water by a plummet. There is likewise a 



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waterfall on the Lochay about three miles from its 
junction with the Dochart. 

Loch Tay, sixteen miles in length, contains fine 
large trout of six and seven pounds weight, as well 
as salmon, pike, and charr. This sheet of water is 
of great depth in many parts. The Lyon river 
enters the Tay at the east end of the loch, and has a 
run of forty miles. It is a capital fishing stream for 
both salmon and trout. 

The Tummel is an important water, and runs 
through a wild and interesting part of the country. 
It rises in the moor of Rannoch, and is for some 
distance called the Gauer. About eight or ten 
miles down, it swells to a good sized stream, where 
there is excellent rod-fishing. It passes through 
Loch Batha and Loch Lydoch. In this locality the 
scenery around is wild and imposing. The trout here 
run small. 

In the vicinity of Loch Lydoch, the Ericht river 
joins the waters of the Tummel. This stream springs 
from several lakes in the vicinity and is full sixteen 
miles in length. There are good sized trout in all 
these waters ; and to those who like the dreary and 
sterile landscapes, they can have their fancy gratified 
to the fuU. The whole country for miles round 
has the most inhospitable aspect imaginable. 

Loch Tummel contains large trout, and the ang- 
ling is very good in it. The falls of the Tummel are 
about four miles below the loch ; they are nearly 
twenty feet in height, but salmon have been known 



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to get over them. There are fine yellow trout in 
the river below these falls. 

The Garry, springing from Loch Garry, has a run 
of thirty miles, and the Erochkie, the Bruar, and 
Tilt, are its chief feeders. There is beautiful fly- 
fishing in all these streams, and almost any kind of 
flies may be successfully used. 

On the banks of the Garry stands the residence of 
the Duke of Athol. The house was once fortified, 
but is now a splendid modem building. There are 
charming walks in the vicinity, and deep glens finely 
wooded. The York cascade is a magnificent object, 
and is most appropriately situated in the midst of 
beautiful scenery. Eive miles south of Blair Athol 
is the famous pass of Killiecrankie. It is very nar- 
now, placed between two high mountains, with the 
river running below, through a dark and rocky 
channel, overhung with thick foliage, which imparts 
to the whole scene a tinge of the awful and horrid. 
Yet, a little beyond this, the landscape opens out 
like fairy land, and sheds a lively and cheerful feel- 
ing over the fancy and imagination. 

It is a somewhat difficult path to pursue this river 
into its more elevated localities. Success, however, 
will amply repay the trouble. We see rocks pic- 
turesquely grouped, between which the winding 
stream rushes and breaks with great violence. The 
top of these rocks. In some places, and the more 
level banks of the river, are clothed with shady 
trees on one side, and on the other are broken 
into steeps and rugged rocks, which compose a 



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varied and romantic picture, seldom to be surpassed 
in these mountainous countries. Tlie angling in all 
these hilly districts is excellent ; and in the deep 
pools, which are every way met with, if ruffled with 
a gentle curl from any point of the compass, fine 
large trout can be caught with the fly. In such 
places, the fish are generally found in clear weather 
about the skirts of the pools, especially if there be 
large stones in their beds, or their sides be clothed 
with shaded trees or bushes. 

Eelow Dunkeld there are a number of lakes con- 
nected with the Tay, which abound with trout, pike, 
perch, &c. The principal of these are Loch Ard, 
Loch Craiglush, Loch of the Lows, Butterstone Loch, 
Loch Eotnel, Loch Oishnie, Loch Cluny, and Loch 
Drumellie. The stream called the Braan, springing 
out of Loch Freuchie, contains good trout. 

The river Isla, which falls into the Tay, is 
a fine fishing stream, in all its localities. The 
feeders to this water are the Dean, the Ericht, and 
the Sunan. These are aU first-rate rod-fishing 
waters. 

There is good fishing in the Ericht, in the vici- 
nity of Blair— Go wrie. The beautiful valley of 
Strathnfi^re is about eleven miles long and about 
eight wide. The windings of the river are exceed- 
ingly interesting ; for they seem peeping out from 
intervening objects, and resemble a number of small 
lakes scattered over the plain. 

There are the remains of several Druidical tem- 
ples in the parish. At the back of the manse, in 1 796, 



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there was a mote-hill, or circular mound, where, it 
is said, Earl Gowrie held his regality courts. 
There are also some cairns, in one of which, when 
opened, a small stone coffin was foimd at the bottom; 
and many tumuli run through the parish, l^ot far 
from the village, commanding a fine view of Strath- 
m\jre, is Kewton-house, built somewhat in the style 
of a castle, on the foundation of the old house, in a 
vault of which many gentlemen were saved while it 
was burned down. Two modes of catching salmon 
are practised on the Erich t, at this place. One is 
by poke-nets. Towards twilight, the fishermen 
throw into the stream, near the Keith Ealls, where 
it runs through deep narrow channels among the 
rocks, large quantities of black mould, until the 
water becomes muddy. [N'ets, in the shape of pokes 
or bags, are then put in the narrowest parts of the 
stream, and in them the salmon are caught. The 
other method is by pikes, or poles, and iron hooks 
at the ends of them, with which the fishermen, on 
a dark night, strike the fish the moment they are 
attracted to the surface by the glare of torches held 
from the rocks above the dark part of the stream. 

The Keith falls are surprising objects in them- 
selves. They have hollowed out deep channels in 
the sandstone beds, of a circular form, and of consi- 
derable dimensions. Some of these holes are thirty 
feet in depth, and are called by the country people, 
" giant's kettles," from an absurd notion that they 
are the results of magic. In dry weather, the sal- 
mon may be seen piled upon one another to an 



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amazing depth, waiting for a fresh in the river, 
which they instinctively avail themselves of to 
ascend farther up the waters. 

The Earn is divided from the Tay hy no very 
great extent of land. It is a copions stream. On 
its hanks are to he seen some of the most suhlime 
and extensive prospects which Scotland affords. 
Moncrief Hill offers a most delightful view. You 
see the Firth of Tay, the rich Carse of GowriCj and 
the populous northern coast of Fife. "Westward 
appear upper Strath-Earn and Strath- Tay; the 
mountains behind which the ancient Celtfe retired 
before the invading armies of Rome ; wide heaths ; 
a variety of human habitations and tracts of wood, 
give to the whole a rich and splendid appearance. 
The Earn falls into the Tay below Perth. 

On this river, six miles and a half from Ardoch, 
there are two Roman camps ; one of them at Stra- 
gcath, and the other in the neigbourhood of AYest 
Dcalgin Ross, near the junction of the river Ruagh 
Huil with the Earn. Both these stations are inter- 
esting. 

Loch Earn contains fine trout, is about six miles 
in extent, and is encircled with beautiful scenery. 

The Teith and the Allan are, properly speaking, 
Perthshire rivers. The Teith is a considerable 
stream, with a gravelly bottom, and a good stock of 
salmon, salmon-trout, and common trout. It springs 
out of the high grounds of Balquhidder, and is 
divided into two separate streams. The one passes 
through Lochs Yoil and Lubnaig; and the other 



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through Lochs Katrine, Achray, and Yennachar. 
The junction of the two is near to Callender. The 
Keltie, a small stream, but well stocked with trout, 
falls into the main water, about four miles below 
this town. All the lochs which the Teith flows 
through are well provided with tr(Mit, some of which 
are often taken of gigantic size. There are pike 
and charr, but not numerous. Trolling in these 
still waters is a most successful mode of taking large 
fish. Besides the Keltie, there are the Eracklin 
Burn, Stanack Burn, Loch Watston, and Loch Mag- 
haig ; in all of which there is good angling. 

The Allan is a fair trout stream, but not of any 
great note. What fish we have seen in it have been 
small, and likewise poor in quality. 

Should the angler be rambling on the banks of 
the little river Knaig, which is a feeder of the 
Allan, he must turn aside to the village of Aidoch, 
where he will find the remains of a Roman station, 
the most perfect in Britain. It is supposed by 
General Roy to have been founded by Agricola, in 
one of his northern campaigns. In form it is rec- 
tangular, and its dimensions are about 500 feet by 
430 within the entrenchments. There are five 
ditches and six ramparts. This is altogether a most 
interesting object to the antiquarian and intelligent 
rod-fisher. On the road to Crieff there are several 
other Roman camps, of different magnitudes. 

Let us pass on now to Aberdeenshire. The ang- 
ling in this district is good, both for salmon and 
trout. The chief rivers are the Dee, the TJrie, the 



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Don, the Deveron, and the Yethan. The best fish- 
ing grounds for the fly fisher in all these rivers are 
towards their sources. Larger fish are usually caught 
nearer the sea, but greater quantities are taken in 
more elevated parts of the waters. The angling is 
here decidedly more pleasant, both for throwing the 
line and landing the fish. 

In the summer season, and when there has been a 
long drought, these waters become shallow and 
remarkably clear. At such a season the finest tackle 
must be used. Small red and black palmers are the 
best flies for the summer evenings, in bright weather. 

The Dee, though a slender stream at its source, 
soon becomes a considerable river, and flows through 
a most interesting and delightful country. The 
trout in its streams are uncommonly numerous, 
especially about fifteen miles from its origin. In 
the still portions of the water, when there is a fair 
breeze, the largest fish will be found. After a 
summer fresh, I have kno^vn an angler fill his basket 
in a couple of hours, by the use of light-winged flies 
and red bodies. 

IS'ature seems to have been very lavish of many of 
her treasures in the valleys of this mountain stream. 
They possess a fertile soil, a cold but salubrious 
climate, hills and plains well adapted to many kinds 
of cultivation; while the river swarms with the 
trout and the salmon, and the groves and forests 
with deer and various kinds of wild birds of game. 
Here also is excellent timber, and stone of the most 
magnificent dimensions and quality, fit not only for 



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the building of barns and houses, but even of tem- 
ples and palaces. Here might be raised, in quick 
time, Saint Peter's of Home ; and the immense 
blocks of granite, scattered with such profusion and 
picturesque negligence, might, with a feeble aid of 
the chisel, be raised to rival the pyramids of Mem- 
phis or Palmyra. How deeply, too, does the saun- 
tering angler feel the stillness and solitude of the 
whole scene ! Here Zimmerman or La Fontaine 
might in reality have painted solitude, with less 
speculative refinement, but with more truth. Per- 
haps, however, these distinguished authors would 
not have been so generally read and esteemed ; for, 
in everything connected with human affections and 
emotions, fashionable caricature and simpering affec- 
tation, will, to some extent, always claim the pre- 
eminence over nature and simplicity. 

The City of Aberdeen, now easily and speedily 
accessible by railway, is an excellent fishing station 
for the tourist, because it places him in the imme- 
diate vicinity of the two chief rivers of the county 
— the Dee and the Don. There are good turnpike 
roads, which run often parallel with these rivers for 
considerable distances, in various sections of their 
course ; so that he can have every facility for trans- 
porting himself to any particular part where he 
wishes to commence his sport. 

But should the angler be in the western districts 
of Perthshire, he has an easy access to the higher 
waters of the Dee, by travelling a few miles over 
the mountain country in the direction of Glen Carry 



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and Marr Porest. He must cross the Grampian 
chain ; and by keeping a north-eastern route from 
the Perthshire borders, he will arrive, after a walk 
of about fifteen miles, at ITewton, which is just 
upon the first waters of the Dee. The mountain 
range, from which it springs, is here full four thou- 
sand feet above the level of the sea. The river has 
a range of about one hundred miles. 

Before it arrives at Balliter, a most delightfully 
situated village, it has received the waters of the 
Clunie, Gairn, Muick, Geldie, and other rivulets of 
less note. There is a good stock of small trout in 
all these feeders ; but fair rod- fishing is unfailingly 
found in the neighbourhood of BaUiter. There are 
likewise in this vicinity several lochs ; among the 
number are Brodichan, Dhu, and Muick, all famous 
for trout The general scenery among these lochs 
and streams is of the most wild and interesting kind. 
It makes so deep an impression on the mind of a 
stranger, that it is seldom forgotten for years after. 
It was in this locality that Lord Byron lived in his 
early days, and where he 

— " roved, a young Highlander, o'er the dark heath, 
And climb' d thy steep summit, 0, Morgen, of snow. 

To gaze on the torrents that thunder' d beneath, 
Or the mist of the tempest that gather'd below." 

Lower down the main river, the Dinnet Bum 
enters it near to Aboyne ; and the lochs Cannord, 
Leys, and Dawan, are in the same neighbourhood. 
These contain pike and perch, but few trout. The 



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streams of the Dee from Balliter to below Aboyne, 
are among some of the very best for rod-fishing in 
the entire range of the river. There are only three 
or four smaU feeders which fall into it, between here 
and the ocean. The angler will find accommodation 
and refreshments at Castleton, Balliter, Aboyne, and 
Kirkardine O'l^Teil. These several places are excel- 
lent stations for a day or two's sport. There are 
good artificial flies to be had both at Aberdeen and 
at most of the small towns and villages along the 
banks of the Dee. 

The river Don, which enters the sea at Old Aber- 
deen, has a higher reputation among anglers than 
the Dee. It has a range of sixty miles, and springs 
from the high country in the vicinity of Corgraff, 
where there are the remains of an old castle. The 
Bucket and Esset are two of its first feeders, besides 
several small burns or rivulets. The fishing in the 
main stream is good, but the trout are small. The 
scenery in this locality is of the most wild and strik- 
ing description. The glens through which the water 
rushes are deep and frowning, and, in some spots, 
densely overhung with birch trees. In some of the 
deep pools, fine yellow trout are sometimes taken of 
a very large size. 

The Urr river, which has a range of twenty 
miles, joins the Don at the pleasant village of Inver- 
ury. This is a stream in high repute among rod- 
fishers. Trout of five and six pounds are often taken 
out of it. Its chief tributaries are the Kellack, Cal- 



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pie, Shevock, and Gady ; in all of which there is 
soraetimes good fishing with worm. 

Salmon fishing with the rod, in the Don and its 
several dependent waters, was, a few years ago, 
much better than it is now ; but when the streams 
are in good trim, there is still a tolerable field for 
sport with the monarch of the rivers. Monymusk, 
Alford, Inverury, and Kintore, are stations where 
the tourist can obtain his wonted comforts, and be 
in the vicinity of good fishing waters. 

Speaking of the ordinary accommodation for 
angling tourists in the higher parts of the Don, we 
well remember, some years ago, falling in with a 
distinguished professor at Balliter, as well known 
for his wit as for his skill in the ^'gentle craft;" 
when the conversation turned upon the general want 
of cleanliness, both in the personal habits of the 
people, and in the places of *' entertainment for man 
and beast," in this district of Scotland. Our friend 
the professor, to our great amusement, handled the 
argument much in this fashion : — '' The world has 
long been prejudiced and addle-headed on this ques- 
tion. We owe everything in the world to dirt — 
real wealth and true liberty, from the sweating 
miner to the oily blacksmith — ^from the sailor at 
work to the garret-inhabiting author. jN'othing 
valuable comes from white kids and eau-de- cologne. 
I can prove my point from a thousand instances. 
"What an immense phalanx — nay, a very galaxy of 
dirty eminence — can we not muster ! The personal 
negligence and snuffy nose of Frederic the Great — 



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the greasy flannel jacket of Suwarrow — the filth of 
Charles XII., who combed his hair with his fingers, 
and buttered his bread with his thumbs — the queer 
breeches of I^apoleon, and the frequent three-weeks' 
unwashedness of his campaigns, walking or riding 
all day long, with a hat like a scavenger's, and a 
beard like a Jew's — and even Louis XIY., the most 
luxurious and sumptuous of sovereigns, was so 
attached to his soiled shirts, that Madame de Main- 
tenon had often to get into a violent passion before 
he would have clean linen brought him. And 
similar illustrations can be brought from every walk 
of life — men of business — of letters — of the fine 
arts. You all know IS'athaniel Eentley, of Leaden- 
hall- street, otherwise Dirty Bich, the hardwareman, 
who, when somebody remonstrated with him for his 
dirty hands, made use of the observation that Dean 
Swift's servant made, ' It's of no use, sir ; if I wash 
my hands to-day, they will be dirty again to-mor- 
row.' Who can forget George Morland, with his 
apartment like a pig stye, and himself like one of 
the pigs ? Wlio is not mindful of Barry — the im- 
mortal Barry — ^buried up to the ears in dirt, and 
living in an immense house, like a spider enveloped 
in cobwebs ? Savage was dirty enough, too, not to be 
miscalled by his surname. It was the love of dirt 
that caused Prior to be so fond of smoking his pipe 
with a soldier and his wife in Long-acre. The feel- 
ing caused Parson to be a constant visitor at the 
Cyder Cellar, in Maiden Lane, and that drove Kean 
to the Coal-Hole. Look at Doctor Johnson coming 



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down stairs at 12 o'clock in the day, all steaming 
and shining with the sweat and grease of his pro- 
tracted slumbers ! lN"ow, what does this great 
moralist of his age, and of all coming ages, say on 
the matter ? These are his words : ^ Cleanliness, 
sir, is the penance which folly pays for its obedience 
to fashion. This wig of curtailed dimensions, and 
this coat of antique cut, are covered with half a 
century's accumulated dust. Eut comfort does not 
flow from the constant powdering, combing, and 
curling of the hair ; neither is it to be obtained from 
the perpetual rubbing of the clothes-brush, nor from 
the idle vanity of a weekly recurrence to the tailor. 
^N'either broad cloth nor new curls give me half so 
much ease as the untouched dirt of my old coat, and 
the uncurled dishabille of my little wig.' So, gentle- 
men, is it with what we see around us here. We 
must not conclude that all that we see neat and 
precise is really useful, and contributes to real hap- 
piness ; nor all that may offend our tastes and senses 
is pernicious and useless." 

In skirting along the north-east from Aberdeen, 
we meet with the Ythan, the Ituna of the Bomans. 
It springs out of the parish of Forgue, and has a 
run of fuU twenty-five miles. It is a capital salmon 
and trouting stream. Its chief tributaries are the 
Ebrie, Brony, and Eoveran, in all of which there is 
good rod-fishing, and the country on and around 
their banks is very beautiful and interesting. Loch 
Muckle lies near its entrance into the ocean. 

Further north, at the distance of about fifteen 



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miles, the river Ugie enters the sea, in the vicinity 
of Peterhead. It is divided into two branches in a 
certain portion of its course, called the north and 
south Ugies. These join at Langside, about four 
miles from the sea. There is a fair quantity of 
trout in them, and some of good size. Loch Strath- 
beg, lying between Praserburgh and Eattray, con- 
tains good red and yellow trout. 

Banffshire is commonly associated with Aberdeen- 
shire. We shall join a notice of its rivers with 
those of Morayshire, Kairn, and Inverness-shire. 
These counties, for angling rambles, are all tied or 
laced together, and afford a wide and interesting 
range for piscatory recreations. 

The Devoran has its rise in the hilly parts of 
Aberdeenshire and Eanffshire, and runs a course of 
about thirty-five miles to the sea. It is an excel- 
lent river for sport ; both for salmon and trout fish- 
ing. It has several tributaries of importance. Pro- 
ceeding from its higher waters, the first stream we 
meet with is the Bogie, of fifteen miles^ extent. It 
joins the main river at Eothiemay. The streams of 
the Bogie, which lie between Gartly and Arnhill, 
are very prolific of fine trout. Below Eothiemay, 
the feeders called the Forgue Bum, Turriff, and 
King Edward's Waters, enter the Devoran, and are 
aU highly esteemed as angling streams. Light 
coloured flies are killing in these waters. 

Passing to the north and west from the Devoran, 
we come to the Spey, one of the principal rivers of 
Scotland, possessing all the characteristics, in a high 



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degree, of a real Highland stream. It has become 
of great repute among fashionable anglers of late 
years ; and it is unquestionably a very noble water 
for piscatory exploits. This wild and rushing river 
rises out of a sheet of water called Loch Spey, near 
to Eadenoch and Genroy, in Inverness-shii'c. We 
are told by Colonel Thornton, that there was a pike 
taken out of this loch of the astonishing weight of 
07ie hundred and forty -six pounds y and that he him- 
self caught one o^ forty -eight. The entire length of 
the Spey has been variously estimated from eighty 
to one hundred miles. For the first twenty miles 
of its course, it flows through a singularly wild and 
mountainous region, full of interest to the lover of 
this kind of sceneiy. Before, and in the vicinity of, 
the small village, where the angler can find rather 
roughish accommodation, called Kingussie, the Spey 
receives the waters of three feeders, Calder, Trium, 
and Tromie waters, the two latter of which spring 
from Lochs Quich, Yroltan, and Turlich, which 
abound mth rich and large trout. These feeders 
are in summer often so low that rod-fishing is out of 
the question ; but after rain, when the waters are 
subsiding, it is quite marvellous what quantities of 
fish can be taken out of them in two or three hours. 
Everj^thing that bears the most distant resemblance 
to a fly, is greedily seized ; indeed, one grows abso- 
lutely tired with the sport. AYe are apt to lie down 
on some heathy knoll, and gaze on the shadows 
chasing each other along the mountain's brow. 
How grand are some of the sky- views in this neigh- 



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bourhood in the montlis of July^ August, and Sep- 
tember ? How gorgeous and rivetting to the imagi- 
nation? The sun, perchance, is wheeling behind 
the mountains. Already his broad shade begins to 
fall down upon the plain. The side of the hill is 
solemn and sad. Its ridges stand sharp against a 
fine bright sky. Here and there we espy, by a 
strained effort of vision, a shepherd and his dog 
skirting their way among the heath. In various 
directions of the heavens Ave see slowly sailing con- 
tinents of magnificent fleecy mountains — Alps and 
Andes of vapour. One you see cast upon the breast 
of yonder hill far to the east, while the base is 
radiant with the sun. This, too, has its broad sha- 
dow. Another heavy mass is moving with slow and 
stately grandeur along the valley, and if we rise to 
a little more elevated platform, we shall see the 
brilliant landscape growing dull in its sudden 
obscuration on its forward line, and growing as sud- 
denly bright upon its rear trace. How solemnly 
and majestically that shadow travels up those steep 
and precipitous mountain sides ; how it scoops dovm 
the gorge and valley ; how it moves along the plain ! 
"What a fine room for study this is ; more glowing 
and inspiring than if we had had all the invaluable 
contents of the Vatican library at our elbow. We 
have forgotten all about the fish in the stream ; 
about flies, and lines, and salmon, and trout, and 
pike, and charr. We have been fishing in the clouds, 
and brought home a full creel for an intellectual 
repast, at the end of the day's journey. 



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The Spey passes through Loch Inch, and at a 
short distance is joined by another feeder called 
Pleshie Water, which springs from the hills in the 
neighbourhood of the Forest of Bademoch, and has a 
sweep of about fifteen miles. It is a good trouting 
stream in the summer months, when its waters are 
in order. In the immediate vicinity, and connected 
with the Spey, are Lochs Alvie, Morlich, Rothiemur- 
cus, Pittenlish, and Garten, which contain trout and 
pike in considerable quantities. The streams of the Spey 
from Kingussie to Aviemore, where there is an Inn 
for the accommodation of travellers, arc of a first- 
rate character for rod-angling. The banks of the 
river in this section of its course are exceedingly 
beautiful. We have every here and there stripes of 
well-cultivated land ; while in the distant landscape 
the Grampian mountains tower with majestic gran- 
deur, their bases being well clothed with dense 
forests of waving pine, and their summits present 
the most bleak and inhospitable aspect. 

The Dulnain river pours its waters into the Spey 
about a mile and-a-half above Grantown. This tri- 
butary springs out of the mountains of Manash Lea, 
and has a trouting range of about twelve miles. On 
the Banff side of the Spey, we find another of its 
feeders, the Aven, which runs a distance of nearly 
forty miles, through a highly romantic and interest- 
ing locality. Its feeders are Livet, Crombie, and 
Tervie waters ; besides, several small lochs are con- 
nected with it, in which there are both fine trout 



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and pike. Loch. Bulg is the most highly esteemed 
of these mountain tarns. 

The riddich is another of the feeders of the Spey, 
and is a good fishing water. The stream called 
the DuUen runs into it. The angler will find ample 
and comfortable accommodation in all the lower sec- 
tions of the Spey. Our own practice as to flies, we 
have generally used those of a gaudy colour. 

The Lossie is a pleasant fishing river. It springs 
from the confluence of several small rivulets or bums 
in the heart of the county. It runs through Loch 
Trevie, and is likewise connected with Lochs Dallas, 
!N'oir, and Eheninver, in all of which there are fine 
trout. The entire range of the Lossie is twenty-five 
miles ; and its chief tributaries are Glen Latteragh, 
and the Lochly and Lenoch Eums. 

When the angler crosses the Lossie, and enters 
into the rich plain of Moray, he will obtain a 
delightful glimpse of the mountains of Eoss and 
Sutherlandshire, and the magnificent entrance into 
the bay of Cromarty. This is a captivating land- 
scape. 

The scenery a little below this locality is also very 
magnificent. In looking down the river, in the 
softness of a declining sun in July, we see above us 
on the left a high hill, with its rocky points and 
wooded recesses. The light flows, gleaming and 
touching the ground, and here and there setting on 
the leafage of the trees which hang over the water. 
The tints over the hill, assuming a more aeriel form 
towards the summit, become more interesting and 



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striking; and a churcli steeple, in a little secluded 
village, wrapped in sylvan retirement, lulls the 
fancy into a delicious reverie. The light and waving 
trees and shrubs, some with large, round, distinctly 
pencilled up^shootings, and others with pendant 
and taper leaves, seem to hold communion with the 
waters — to be invested with vitality and life, and to 
be the smiling, living witnesses of their play and 
beauty, and listeners of their soothing music. 

The Findhom rises in Inverness- shire, and runs 
through Morayshire near its western boundary* 
G-reat quantities of timber are floated down streams 
from the extensive forests in the interior of the 
county. A considerable number of salmon are caught 
in this river, but the fishery is not near so valuable 
as that of the Spey. When the Findhorn is in 
good trim, it is no uncommon achievement to kiU. 
ten or twelve dozen of good trout in a few hours. 
The best flies for this river are light wings, and red 
and black bodies ; but when the fish are taking, 
great nicety in this particidar is not requisite. 

The Findhorn has a range of sixty miles. To 
angle this river and its tributaries is a most delight- 
ful summer tour. It rises among the Monad group 
of mountains in Inverness- shire. It is a wild and 
dashing stream, with a rocky channel, and hemmed 
in with bold and rugged banks, which, in some loca- 
lities, stand out from the river's sides, like high 
walls and towers. It is likewise subject to great 
and sudden inundations, which sweep all before 
them with irresistible devastation. 



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We prefer tlie higlier waters of the stream to 
those near the sea. The yellow trout are to be 
found in tolerable abundance in some particular sec- 
tions of the river. Its feeders are the Moy "Water, 
which flows from Loch Moy, and the Bruach, from 
Loch Eruach ; in both of which streams and lochs 
there is good trout. A short distance from Dulsie 
Eridge, the Pallanshock runs into the Pindhom, 
and a little lower down the Darback, which springs 
from Loch-an-Darb, in the vicinity of which there 
is a cluster of sm.all tarns, in which good trout and 
pike are occasionally found. The stream called 
Muckle Bum, situated at the mouth of the main 
river, has both salmon and salmon-trout in it ; and 
in some states or conditions of the water, large bas- 
kets offish are taken out of it. 

The jN'airn lies between the Pindhom and the 
Moray Pirth, and is a good piscatory stream. It 
has a range of thirty- five miles, and springs from 
the neighbourhood of Cairn Gregor, in the county 
of Inverness. It has some small feeders, but the 
Cawdor Burn is the principal one. The common 
trout, the sea- trout, and the salmon, form the staples 
of its waters. 

Supposing that an angling tourist wishes to con- 
fine his rod exploits to the varied waters directly 
connected with the route of the Caledonian Canal, 
we shall dot down one or two sentences for his espe- 
cial guidance. 

Loch Linnhe is bounded on one side by the rocky 
eminences of Appin, and on the other by the hiUs of 



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Morven, and presents, in almost every direction, 
scenery of the most interesting and romantic descrip- 
tion. The neighbourhood is stndded with many 
gentlemen's seats, some of which possess consider- 
able interest from historical associations. Caran 
Ferry divides Loch Linnhe from Loch Eil. When 
the angler arrives at Port William, or at the village 
of Marybnrgh, which is near to it, he will find the 
river Lochy, which, if he feels inclined, he can 
ascend, and he will be sure to meet with abundant 
sport in its streams, both for salmon and trout. In 
no part of Scotland can a day or two be more plea- 
santly and successfully employed in angling, than in 
a ramble along the banks of this river. Here, too, 
stands Ben I^evis — an interesting object to all lovers 
of Alpine scenery. On its northern side, this cele- 
brated Scottish mountain is divided into two divi- 
sions or terraces ; the one situated at the height of 
nearly 1,800 feet, and the other from this point to 
its summit. At the top of this first division there 
is a lake or tarn, in which it is said fine trout have 
occasionally been caught. The higher parts of the 
mountain present a scene of rocky and wild desola- 
tion. The traveller's path is intercepted in every 
direction by huge granitic masses, which are often 
so wedged together that the ascent becomes difficult, 
and in some spots dangerous. Here all vegetable 
life seems extinct, with the exception of a few 
Alpine plants, which may be seen fringed around 
the borders of some pellucid spring. There is an 
awful precipice on the north-eastern side, of 



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nearly 1,500 feet in height. Should the atmosphere 
be clear, the view from the summit of the mountain 
is grand and extensive. We see Een Lomond, Een 
Cruachan, Een More, Een Lawers, and a vast variety 
of other less aspiring elevations, which come within 
the range of the visible horizon. 

The angler will find Loch Lochy and Loch Oich 
both fair sheets of water for angling. Very large 
pike are often taken out of these lakes. Trout are, 
however, not so plentiful here, as in some other 
lochs in this part of the kingdom. Prom Loch Oich 
the steamboat goes on to Loch IsTess, which is 
twenty-four miles in length, and, upon the average, 
about a mile and a quarter in breadth. Opposite to 
Port Augustus, the river Sirff falls into it, and the 
angler wiU find this an excellent stream for the rod. 
Its banks are in many spots singularly wild and 
romantic. About midway down the loch, the river 
Eoyers empties its waters into it, and this, too, will 
be found a good fishing station. The falls of this 
stream have been long famous. The waters dash 
over a cataract of 212 feet in height, and send up a 
sheet of spray of dazzling whiteness. !N"othing can 
be more grand and imposing. The banks of the 
river abound with the most wild and stupendous 
rocky chasms and eminences, many of which are 
beautifully ornamented with the birch and the ash. 
Should the angler take the entire route of the 
Caledonian Canal, he ought to pay a visit to the 
chief mountains in the district — Een !N"evis, 4,370 
feet in height, and Mealfourvonie, upwards of 3,000. 



142 
The former is separated from the great chain of the 
Grampians by a wild and desolate tract called Moor 
Eannoch. The mountain is easily ascended by the 
western side ; and at the height of fifteen hundred 
feet, the prospect opens out, and displays to the 
traveller's eye the Paps of Jura, and several of the 
Hebride islands. At two thousand feet all vegeta- 
tion ceases ; and near the summit the snow, in con- 
siderable depth, is found throughout the whole year. 
From its highest point, the visible horizon embraces 
an area of 120 miles. The mountain of Mealfour- 
vonie is not near so high as Ben N'evis, but it stands 
in an imposing locality, and is a very sublime fea- 
ture of nature. *' The view from the summit is of 
vast extent, and highly impressive. "We stand in 
the midst of an amphitheatre of hills, old as the 
creation, and command a view of the Caledonian 
Yalley, or Great Glen of Albin. The whole course 
of the canal, with its chain of lakes — Loch !N"ess, 
Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy — were at our feet, 
extending in a direct silvery line of sixty miles. 
Six lakes, and numerous tarns, or pools, were in 
front; and in the gorge, through which the river 
Foyers rushes, the top of the fall was visible like 
a white streamer. Een Kevis, and the mountains of 
Skye, Kintail, Strathgiass, and round to Ben "Wyvis, 
formed a sublime rampart. All of them were more 
or less covered with snow, and their variously 
shaped peaks and forms rose tier above tier, undu- 
lating against the sky, some clear and sunny, others 
dark and rugged. The coldness of the atmosphere 



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at this elevation did not permit us to stay long, and 
we descended, not without danger, by the western 
side. Birds were singing abont half-way down, but 
we saw only the gled, or Icite, wheeling about." 

Inverness-shire is an excellent district for pisca- 
tory rambles and sport. The chief rivers are the 
Oich, the Ness, the Dundreggan, the Foyers, the 
Beauly, and the Clannie. There is splendid angling 
in all these waters for salmon and trout. 

The river !N'ess, which connects Loch IsTess with 
the Moray Pirth, is only about eight miles in extent, 
but it is an excellent piece of water, particularly 
for salmon fishing. Great quantities of this fish 
have been taken out of it of late years with the rod. 
It is commonly in the hands of private persons, who 
rent it for sporting recreations. The fish take so 
readily here, that all kinds of flies may be used with 
equal chances of success. There is good accommo- 
dation in the neighbourhood for travellers. 

The Beauly is a favourite river for the angler. 
It springs from several feeders, the chief of which 
are the Earrar, the Glass, and the Cannich. All 
these separate streams are connected with lakes, 
through which they pass, or rise out of. The Glass 
communicates with Lochs AfFraric and Benevian ; 
the Cannich runs through Loch Moyley ; and the 
Farrar is joined with Lochs Monar and Muille. 
There is abundance of fine trout in all these waters. 
Loch Bruiach is likewise highly in repute for its 
charr, and for no less than seven distinct species of 
trout. ISTear to this sheet of water is Loch lN"eattie, 



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wHch contains pike, as well as cliarr and trout. 
Lochs Gorm, Lochnambrodarg, and Loch Carnaba- 
tan, are likewise fair fishing lakes. 

The fall of Kilmarac, on the Eeauly, is exceed- 
ingly interesting, both to the angler and lover of 
nature's charms. It is one of the finest salmon leaps 
in the kingdom. The mountain passes are magnifi- 
cent, and the scenery around picturesque. The 
rocks by the sides of the stream rise to a great eleva- 
tion, and their bases are shaded with native timber, 
of rich foilage and vigorous growth. Here the eagle 
perches his ejTy, and the wood- cat and the otter 
take up their abode. The salmon run with such 
violence up this fall that they often kill themselves 
with their supernatural efibrts. It was here that 
the Prazers of Lovat, lords of the manor, were 
wont to entertain their guests with a voluntarily 
cooked salmon. A kettle was placed on the south 
side of the fall, and kept full of boiling water. On 
a portion of the rock, left dry by the waters, tents 
were erected for the accommodation of the visitors. 
Here the party waited until a luckless salmon fell 
into the kettle, and was cooked in their presence. 

The number of salmon in this locality is, in par- 
ticular seasons of the year, quite astounding. The 
wild cats and otters destroy a great number. There 
are often seventy and eighty fish taken with a small 
net at one haul. 

In spite of the fall, or we might say falls, for 
there are two of them, the one about nine, and the 
other twelve feet high, some salmon succeed in get- 



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ting up to the higher localities of the main river, 
and its chief tributaries. 

We have often wondered, whilst wandering by 
these rivers, what the ideas of the Eomans could 
have been, as to the nature of Scotland south of the 
Grampians, relative to its rich store of fish — an arti- 
cle of such sumptuous luxury in Rome and other 
cities in Italy. We think they must have been 
both surprised and delighted at the quantities of 
their most expensive food, found in such varied and 
rich abundance in every rivulet and mountain lake. 
They must have had many a luxurious meal on the 
salmon and trout of the Tweed, the Forth, and the 
Clyde. They were, without exception, the most 
extravagant people, in regard to fish, of whom we 
have any record. The accounts of their Vivaria^ or 
fish ponds, are, to this hour, matters of surprise, 
amounting almost to incredulity. To keep fish be- 
came quite a mania of the wildest kind among the 
nobility of the country. The most wealthy and dis- 
tinguished characters wasted their time and fortunes 
on these childish and insane projects of stews or 
ponds, as we may learn from Cicero, who, ironically, 
calls Luculus, Hortensius, and Phillippus, the 
'^ Tritons of the fish ponds." The folly extended to 
such a pitch, that reservoirs for fish were constructed 
on the roofs of dwelling-houses ; while others, again, 
not daring to soar so high, contented themselves 
with bringing river water into their dining-rooms, 
where vessels for the reception of fish were so made. 



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as to enable the master of tlie house to pick them out 
a few moments before they were served up at table. 

Yarro relates some singular particulars about the 
love which Hortensius had for his fish. He acted with 
regard to them just as misers do with respect to 
their money, not daring to make use of it. The 
orator used to buy fish at the neighbouring towns 
rather than use his own. ^NTot satisfied with sparing 
them, by prohibiting them to be killed for his own 
repast, he used to have them fed very plentifully 
and delicately, ^or was it enough that he did not 
eat of the fish of his own ponds, he himself feeding 
them very carefully. ^ * * Such was Hor- 
tensius' s turn of mind, that he would sooner have 
given the mules out of his own stable than a mullet 
out of his fish pond. He was equally solicitous 
of the health of his fish as of that of his own ser- 
vants, and when any one of these was sick, he was 
less anxious about his having fresh water than about 
the ordering it for his fish.*' 

This old Eoman writer's account of his own 
speculations in fish-ponds has often struck us as con- 
taining something both curious and quaint. When 
he was in his eightieth year, he took to writing 
his book on rural afiairs, and he dedicated it to his 
wife, as it pointed out how she would be able to 
make something of their farm, when his head was 
laid low. He says, " We have no time, my dear, to 
loose ; if man^s estate be, as we are told it is, a soap 
bubble at the best, much it behoves an old fellow 



* De Rustica. 



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like me, whose eightieth birth- day is at hand, 
speedily to put his house iu order, before he departs 
out of life." He then proceeds to descant on a variety 
of farming matters, and on the advantages to be de- 
rived from economic fish ponds. 

Among the Romans the love of fish, as an article 
of food, was likewise quite a passion. Pliny tells us 
that the great epicures among this people preferred 
the scare to every other kind of fish. The eel-pout, 
or lotos- liver, was the next in estimation. The red 
mullet Avas in high favour, from the fact, that 
when the scales are removed from this fish, it still 
retains a fine pink colour. ''The fops of Eome 
having remarked that, at the death, this colour 
passed through a succession of the most beautiful 
shades, the poor mullet was served alive, inclosed in 
a glass vessel ; and the guests, attentive and greedy 
of emotions, enjoyed this cruel spectacle, which pre- 
sented to them a gradation of colours which insensi- 
bly disappeared."* It is further stated, in reference 
to this fish, that '* the greatest sensualists killed it 
in brine, and Apicius was the first who invented 
this kind of luxury. The brine most in use, in such 
cases, was made with the blood of mackerel, and 
that was one of the varieties of that famous garum, 
so highly praised by the Latin authors, and which 
was to them, at that period, what the fish sauces of 
the English are now."f 



♦ Seneca. Quoet. Natuvel, 3, 17, 18w 
f Soyer's Fantropheon, p. 213. 



148 

Apicius offered a prize to any one who would 
invent a new brine, made with the liver of red mul- 
lets. Juvenal informs us that Asinius Celer offered 
sixty pounds for one of these fish which weighed six 
pounds."^' 

In the reign of Domitian, there was a prodigious 
large turbot caught, such as had never before been 
seen. It was ordered to the imperial kitchen. The 
Emperor convoked the Senate to consider in what 
dish it should be cooked, and served up entire. The 
deliberation was long and stormy ; all Kome was in 
a state of excitement by the debate ; and the august 
body of Senators endeavoured to prove itself worthy 
of the confidence reposed in them by CaBsar. They 
were unanimous in their resolutions that a dish 
should be made expressly for this enormous fish, 
since there were none large enough ready made ; and 
also that a stove should be constructed sufficiently 
capacious to allow the dish to be conveniently placed 
upon it. The Emperor, the city, and the whole court, 
applauded the singular sagacity of the Senate ; and 
^' le turhot fut mis a la sauce piqiiani ." 

Many of the Latin poets make allusions to these 
extravagant whims about fish. 

** Grandes rhombi patinajque 
Grande ferunt una cum damno dedecus." 



11 OR. 



^' Quamvis lata gerat patella rhombum, 
Ehombus latior est tamen patellas." 



* Juvenal, 4, 11. 



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'' Great turbots and late suppers lead 

To debt, disgrace, and abject need. 

The border of tlie broadest dish 

Lay hid beneath the monster fish." 

In tlie southern sections of the county of Inver- 
ness, there are several lochs and small streams, more 
or less connected with them, in which there is an 
abundance of fish. The chief of these inland lakes 
are Loch Quoich, Loch Ark op, Loch Chinie, Loch 
Shiel, Loch Eylt, Loch Duich, Loch Marrer, Loch 
Hourn, and Loch Alsh. There are likewise a few 
small lakes and rivulets in the Isle of Sky, separated 
from the main land of Inverness-shire by the narrow 
strait called the Sowncl of Sleat, which will afford the 
tourist some sport. The scenery of the island, which 
is forty-five miles in length, and about five or six 
in breadth, is magnificent, and certainly not sur- 
passed by any portion of the Highlands. Portree is 
the principal town, but the angler may obtain accom- 
modation at Eroadford, Stein, and Kyle-akin. "We 
once saw a most splendid basket of red trout taken 
out of the streams in the vicinity of Portree, aver- 
aging upwards of three quarters of a pound each. 
They were all captured by gaudy flies. 

When the angler is on the Beauly, he is little 
more than a stone throw from the rivers of Eoss and 
Cromarty The chief of these is t\\Q Conan, which 
traverses a section of the county of five-and-thirty 
miles in extent. It springs out of a lake called 
Loch Eoshk, or Chroisg, situated in the most wild 
and unfrequented part of this Highland district. 



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The entire valley of the Conan presents a constant 
succession of splendid scenery — rapid and abrupt 
alternations of sublimity and beanty. 

i'roni the source of the river to where it is joined 
by the stream the Meig, a little below Upper Scat- 
well, the fishing is excellent, both in the main 
stream and in the lakes through which it passes. In 
this route the angler will come to a small lake called 
Loch Ledgowan, containing large trout and pike, 
and near to which is Loch Achin, in high repute 
among those anglers who delight in trolling for large 
fish. Three or four miles to the west of Straith 
Eran lies Loch Fannich, or Fannish, twelve miles in 
length, and abounding with large and splendid fish. 
The Conan runs through Loch Luichart, a sheet of 
water about six miles in extent, in which there is 
capital angling. JSTot far below, there is a grand 
and imposing waterfall, which efiectually prevents 
salmon from ascending any higher up the river. The 
Meig has a run of fifteen miles ; it flows through 
Loch Benachan, and abounds with a vast multitude 
of smallish but rich trout. To designate its banks 
as wild and romantic, are but poor tenns for convey- 
ing anything like an ade(]^uate conception of them. 
They must be rambled over to be known, and their 
varied beauties appreciated. 

From the junction of the Meig to Muirtown, 
there is a succession of fine stretches of angling 
water ; and large fish are often taken out of them. 
The stream called the llasay, or Black Water, enters 
the chief river a little below this place. It springs 



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out of a stretch of country called Strath- Yaicli, near 
to which Lochs Broom, Tolimuir, and Garragan are 
situated, in all of which there are good trout and 
pike. The stream itself forms several small lakes in 
its route, which abound with trout and pike of great 
size, and in which there is capital sport with the 
rod at almost all times of the fishing season. The 
Tails of Eossie, on the Easay, are beautiful. Salmon, 
when the floods are great, can get above them, but 
this is not often. As the angler approaches near to 
the sea, the Conan affords a rich field for sport in 
finnocks at certain seasons, and in sea-trout and 
grilse. The fish take the fly very readily in these 
waters. We have seen all kinds of colours used. 

The stream^ called the Orrin enters the Conan 
three miles below Contin. It is a good trout stream, 
has a run of fifteen miles, and springs out of the 
high grounds of Glen Orrin. Its banks are singu- 
larly romantic and interesting. The Peffery Burn, 
near Dingwall, the Ault-graad and Skiack, in the 
vicinity of Kiltearn, and the Balnagown and Alness 
"Waters, are all more or less abundant with trout and 
salmon, and are much frequented by anglers in . the 
neighbourhood. Loch Glass, about six miles long, 
and Loch Moir, about four, contain very large trout. 

In the western parts of the county, in the parishes 
of Loch Carron, Applecross, Gairloch, and Loch 
Broom, there are fine sheets of water, well stocked 
with trout and pike, and some with salmon. The 
chief of these fishing waters are Loch Ling, Loch 
Carron, into which the river Carron flows, after a 



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run of twelve miles, through a hilly and wild dis- 
trict, Loch Taniif, Loch Maree, Loch Fuir, Loch-na 
Shallag, and Loch Broom. 

There are good accommodations in the various 
localities of Eoss-shii'e where angling tourists fre- 
quent. We remember of once getting some trout 
cooked at an inn at Stittingham, the deliciousness of 
which still lingers on theassociations of our palate, 
and nearly makes one in love with the Eoman Ca- 
tholic's forty days' penance on fish. Ey the way, 
what curious records of legislation these sumptuary laws 
appear to us now-a-days, relative to the use of fish, 
and which were in full force for a long period both 
in England and in France? Under the reign of 
Edward 11. , certain fish never appeared in England 
but on the table of the king ; thc}^ were prohibited 
to all others. In 1138, Stephen wanted to modify 
this exclusive right; but, after his death, it was 
again revived, and considered as a royal prerogative. 

In former times there was a remarkable consump- 
tion of fish in England on the 4th July, the festival 
of St. Ulric. This is mentioned by Earnaby Gouge, 
in the following lines : — 

ST. HULDYCHE. 

" Wheresoever Iluldyche hath a place, the people there 

bring in 
Both capes and pykes, and mullets fat, his favour here to win. 
Amid the Church there sitteth one, and to the aultar nie, 
That sellcth fish, and so good cheep, that every man may 

buie; 
Nor anything he loseth here, bestowing thus his paine, 



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For wlien it hatli been offered once, 't is brought to him againe, 
That twise or thrisc he selles the same, vngodlinesse such gaine 
Both still bring in, and plentiously the kitclion doth maintaine. 
Whence comes this same religion newe ? What kind of God 

is this ? 
Some Huldyche here, that so desires and so delightes in fishe."* 

Tlic sumptuary enactments of Edward YI. and 
Elizabeth were as stringent ariK^^c days of Papal 
ascendency. The statutes of Edward (cap. 6) aim 
at maintaining with great rigour the better observ- 
ance of Eridays and Saturdays, and other days of 
accustomed abstinence ; and likewise for other two 
purposes : that fishermen may be set to work, and 
that much flesh may be saved ^ and increased. In 
addition to Eridays and Saturdays, Elizabeth added 
Wednesdays, allowing, however, on this day, one 
dish of flesh, providing there were consumed at the 
same meal three dishes of sea-fish. At certain seasons 
this indulgence did not extend to heef or veal. 

The sumptuary laws of Erance ordained (1294) 
that a meagre-dinner should consist of two herring- 
pottages, and only one sort -of fish. Louis XII., 
who was a great epicure, appointed six fishmongers 
to supply his table with fresh- water fish ; Erancis I. 
had twenty-two, and Henry the Great twenty-four. 
In the reign of Louis XIY., there was quite a mania 
about fish, chiefly from the circumstance that one of 
the royal cooks to the monarch had acquired the 
marvellous talent of cooking all kinds of fish so as to 
taste like the most delicate game. And Ave have a 



* The Popish Kingdome, foL 55. 



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story grounded on this circumstance respecting 
Yatel, one of the most illustrious officers of the 
Prince of Conde. This Major-domo understood that 
a dinner without iishwas a heartless and cheerless one. 
One day, when his noble master entertained Louis 
XIY. at a royal banquet, at Chantilly, which the 
genius of Yatel rendered more brilliant, the fish 
from the coast failed ; he sent everywhere, but none 
could be procured. He was at his wit's end ; he 
met his august master, whose kind words, full of 
benevolence, only served to increase his distress and 
bewilderment. He left him ; ran to his chamber, 
took his sword, and three times pierced his heart ! 
Shortlj^ after fish arrived from all quarters ; Yatel 
was called — no Yatel ! He was sought for, and at 
last discovered — Yatel was no more ! 

The County of Sutherland presents a splendid 
range for the angler. It embraces an extent of 
between sixty and seventy miles in length, by near- 
ly fifty in extreme breadth. To perambulate this 
district fairly and fully with the rod in hand, is 
the work of an entire fishing season. Where time 
and opportunity allow this to be done, it will prove 
one of the richest piscatory treats that a sports- 
man can meet with in any part of the world. To 
accomplish this task i3leasantly, and really benefi- 
cially, there is nothing like walking ; and next to 
this, a Highland Pony ; — an assistant which gets 
you over the ground more rapidly, and diminishes 
the quantum of bodily fatigue. Eut it must be 
borne in mind that, with a horse of any kind, the 



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tourist is often prevented from exploring particular 
spots of the country possessing great attractions and 
beauties, and by the necessity he is under, of always 
looking after bis steed, no matter what may be the 
bent of his movements, he is often compelled to go 
in one direction when his inclination leads him in 
another. A horse only bears our burden occasionally, 
but we have to bear his constantly. 

In passing out of Boss- shire, we meet with the 
Oikel, which falls into the Darnoch Firth, and which 
is a first-rate angling water. It springs out of a 
district the perfect heau ideal of wildncss, loneliness, 
and chaos ; — out, in fact, of Loch Ailsh, which has 
itself fine trout and pike, and which is surrounded 
by some of the most striking scenery the eye of man 
can rest upon. The entire length of the Oikel is 
thirty miles. There is a good turnpike-road by its 
banks for full twenty miles of this distance, so that 
the angler has every facility for traversing its streams 
in any direction he pleases. The higher up the river, 
the better it is for trout fishing ; and the number of 
salmon caught in its waters is often prodigious — 
counted, in the language of Billingsgate market, by 
hundreds, and by tons weight. 

K'ot far from the source of the Oikel, and in the 
vicinity of Een More, is one of its tributaries called 
the Casley, which springs out of the high grounds 
in Assint, and has a run of about fifteen miles before 
it joins the main river. The Casley receives the 
waters of several burns or rivulets, which are them- 
selves excellent fishing waters after summer floods. 



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The stream is in liigli repute among scientific anglers, 
both for salmon and trout. 

When the angler is in this district, it will save 
him time and labour to turn to the west corner of 
the county, and visit the singular group of lakes in 
this neighbourhood, all within a circle of perhaps 
thirty miles. These isolated and independent sheets 
of water amount to upwards of two hundred in 
number, varying in extent from one to fourteen 
miles each. One of the most interesting is Loch 
Assint, seven miles long, and embellished with the 
most romantic and beautiful scenery. The lake is 
full of very large and rich trout, as Avell as of salmon, 
and the salmo ferox. This is a favourite trolling 
locality, and very heavy fish are taken by this mode 
with the assistance of a boat. Eut fine baskets of 
red trout can be readily obtained by fishing the 
edges of the lake, without any sailing aid whatever. 
This loch receives the waters of the rivers Loanan 
and Traligill, with those of some smaller burns. 
There is capital fishmg in all these tributary waters. 
The river Inver flows out of Loch Assint, runs a 
distance of five miles, and then falls into Loch 
Invers. There is splendid rod-fishing here for both 
salmon and trout, the latter being of considerable 
size and of delicious flavour. The Kirkaig is a short 
stream, but full of fish. 

Crossing the country from the vicinity of Loch 
Errard to Loch Ardvar, the angler will pass through 
among the most interesting of these numerous sheets 
of water. lie may pass a whole week in this district 



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with, the rod, and not half exhaust the objects of in- 
terest which, to a real fisherman, it furnishes 
in every direction. 

We have often wondered, in travelling through 
these Highland counties, whether there are any great 
number of traditionary songs on, or descriptions of 
angling sports among the Gaelic race. Though we 
have occasionally mentioned the subject to persons 
likely to know something on the matter, yet our in- 
formation has hitherto been very scanty. "We have 
heard of one Gaelic song which, in English, is to the 
following purport. It is said to be the production 
of the thirteenth century. 

Oh ! set me down by the river's brink. 
Which rushes along with giant speed ; 
Beneath yon rugged rock, 
There the majestic salmon leaps. 

There down the gushing stream he speeds 
His way Hke king of fish ; 
And hurries past yon ivied tower, 
And bends his way to ocean's bed. 

When summer floods and rains fall, 
When summer suns shall warm the banks. 
The salmon spear shall again be used. 
To kill our noble game. 

There are said to be some relics of Gaelic songs 
which allude to one of the modes of fishing pursued 
by the monks in the priory of Augustines, situated 
in Loch Tay, and founded by Alexander I. in 1122. 
The mode of fishing in question was by the employ- 



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ment of Geese as decoys. A modern writer describes 
this piscatory dodge in the following terms : — 

'^ It W2i'=i fishing with Geese, A line with a baited 
hook was tied to the leg of a goose, which, thus ac- 
coutered, was made to swim in water of a proper 
depth. A boat containing a party — ^male and female 
— lord and lady fair — escorted this formidable knight- 
errant. By and by, he falls in with an adventure. 
A marauding pike, taking hold of the bait, puts his 
mettle to the test. A combat ensues, in which, by 
a display on the part of both contending heroes, of 
much strength and agility, the sympathetic hopes 
and fears of the anxious lookers-on are alternately 
called into lively exercise, until, at length, the long- 
necked, loud- shouting, feather-cinctured, web-footed 
champion, vanquishing his wide-mouthed, sharp- 
toothed, far-darting, scale-armed foe, drags him a 
prisoner in triumph. This merry doing of the good 
old times has, alas ! gone out of fashion in this de- 
generate age." 

The river Carron, which enters the Damoch Pirth 
at Eonar Bridge, is a good stream. It has its source 
from Loch Charrh, and other small sheets of water, 
all of which contain large trout. Lochs Culrain and 
Migdale are in the neighbourhood of Bonar Bridge, 
where there is a good Inn for the tourist's accommo- 
dation. 

The river Shine is in great vogue among modem 
anglers, especially with those who visit it from the 
south. And indeed it is well entitled to all the com- 
mendations bestowed upon it. It has, as a river, 



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only a run of seven miles, as it flows out of Locli 
Shine, a long sheet of water which has more than a 
dozen small feeders, or rivulets, and which contams 
fine trout, salmon, the salmo ferox, and charr. There 
are two falls in the Shine. The lower parts of the 
stream embrace the most favourite stretches of water 
for the salmon angler, and where, indeed, the larger 
kinds of trout are taken. 

Loch Shine, twenty-four miles in length, is con- 
nected with a number of smaller lakes, which, ex- 
cept for a distance of a few miles, unite it with the 
ocean. By a walk from the head of the loch, or 
more properly from Loch Merkeland, the angler will 
reach Loch Mose, which is joined by a short stretch 
of running water, and from thence to Loch Laxford, 
a part of the Atlantic. There is splendid angling 
in all this watery expanse. It is chiefly by trolling, 
and the use of the boat, that the largest fish are 
captured. The two streams called the Tyrie, and 
Taig, which run into Loch Shine, are full of small 
trout, great quantities of which can readily be ob- 
tained after summer rains. There is a small river 
called the Evlix, having a run of ten miles, falls into 
the sea at Darnoch, a royal borough, but a bleak 
and miserable looking place. There are salmon and 
trout in the stream. 

It is in the Tyrie and Faig that the experiments 
have been recently carried on by Mr. Young, of 
Inverness- shire, of transferring the salmon spawn into 
localities where the fish is not formed. Those ex- 
periments have been partially successful. This mode 



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of stocking rivers was practised two thousand years 
ago, by the Eomans, and is largely treated of by 
Columella, and others. After a lapse of many cen- 
turies it has been revived again, and with great 
success, in Trance. Two fishermen of the Yosges, 
named Gehin and Eemy, have succeeded in propagat- 
ing salmon, carp, pike, tench, and perch, and they 
maintain that the plan is applicable to those fish 
which live partly in fresh water, and partly in the 
sea, as well as to those that live entireh^ in fresh 
water rivers and lakes. The streams and rivers over 
a large extent of France, have now been abundantly 
stocked with a variety of fish from this ancient pro- 
cess ; more particularly in the vicinity of AUevard, 
Yazille, Pontcharra, Sessenage, Yeary, Bourg 
D'Oisons Eivis, Pont-en-Eoyans, Paladru, Lemps, 
St. George, Avandon, La Buisse, Grenoble, and in 
many other departments of the AUier, the Lozere, 
the Mouse, the Mens the, and Haut Laone. 

At the moment we are perusing these lines, we 
copy from the pages of a public Journal, that this 
mode of propagating salmon, is being adopted on the 
Tay, in Scotland, on a large scale. As the account 
must be interesting to all anglers, we make make no 
apology for transfering it here as it is given : — 

" The Salmon Manufactory on the Tay. — The ponds 
for this purpose are situated on the river bank, near Store- 
mountfield, the spawning-boxes being 16 feet above the sum- 
mer level of the river. The water which supplies the ponds is 
taken from Storemountfield lake (but owing to the impurity of 
the Tay during spates, a supply is also to be taken from a 



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neighbouring spring), by a pipe with a valve, into a filtering 
pond ; thence it is carried by a canal along the upper end of 
the spawning-boxes, through which it runs. These boxes are 
84 feet long by ope foot six inches broad, and three deep. 
They are placed with a fall of six inches, so as to allow the 
water to flow freely through them, and are partly filled, first 
with a laying of fine gravel, next coarser, and lastly with 
stones somewhat coarser than road metal. In distributing the 
ova, it is gradually poured out of the vessel at the upper end 
of the box. The water flowing downwards carries it among 
the stones, under which it settles down, and by gently apply- 
ing a few buckets of water at the upper end of the boxes the 
ova are taken down and distributed equally among the gravel. 
When the young fry are in a proper state, they are allowed to 
escape into a pond situate at a foot lower level than the boxes, 
where they will be fed, and allowed to remain, until such time 
as they are in a fit state to be turned into the river. This 
pond is not yet made, but will be finished by the time the fry 
are hatched. Great care has been taken to prevent any animal 
entering with the water that would prey upon the young fish. 
Mr. Eamsbottom, from Clitheroe (who has experimented suc- 
cessfully for the Messrs. Ashworth, on the Lough Corrib waters, 
in Ireland), has the sole management of the Tay ponds. 
Saturday was a remarkably fine day for the season, and we 
were privileged in being present at the operation of stripping 
the fish. When we arrived Mr. Ramsbottom had already got 
about 15,000 ova in round tin cans, and he showed us an oval- 
shaped tin box with a lid, which contained a small male fish, 
swimming in water, which, he said, was waiting for his mate. 
Presently the net was shot in the Tay at the mouth of the 
Almond, when two fine female fish ripe for spawning, from 18 
to 20 pounds' weight, along with a small male fish, were caught. 
Mr. Ramsbottom having taken the largest female in his left 
hand, drew his fingers down both sides of the belly of the fish, 
when the ova flowed in a stream into the tin box formerly 
mentioned, in which there were a few inches of water. The 



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fish was instantly returned to the river, and, after a short time, 
sailed off as if nothing had happened to it. After the ova had 
been washed, by water being poured on and off — care 
being taken never to allow it to be exposed to the air — 
the male fish was brought (which all this time had been in the 
river under a fold of the net), and manipulated in the same 
manner as the female, only a small portion of the milt being 
required. On the milt being shed a slight change was seen to 
take place in the colour of the ova, which became paler. 
Water was again poured on and off, when the operation was 
complete. The ova were then poured into round tin cases and 
carried to the ponds. "When we left the river side upwards of 
400,000 ova in fine condition had been obtained. We observ- 
ed that a few of the ova, after impregnation, turned white, in- 
stead of being a fine salmon colour. Mr. Ramsbottom said 
they were barren ova. In the month of March the fry will 
have burst their shells, when we hope to report further." 

The rieet runs into Loch. Pleet, an arm of the 
sea. It has only a range of twelve miles There is 
another stream which passes through Loch Buie, 
and which falls into the same estuary. There is 
good fishing in this locality. 

The river Brora has a course of twenty miles, and 
rises in the vicinity of Ben Clibrig. It is joined by 
another considerable stream, called Strathbeg Water, 
or Black Water, which has its springs near to Loch 
Euran. Soon after their junction, they enter Loch 
Brara, and emerging from it, flow into the sea at 
the village of Brara. This loch, as well as Loch 
Tubemach, in the same vicinity, have both salmon 
and large trout, of delicious flavour. In dry seasons, 
the higher waters of the Brora and Black Water be- 
come very much diminished, and the angling with 



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fly suffers then considerably. A ramble by the 
banks of these streams is, however, a great luxury, 
for the scenery in many parts of their course is wild 
and romantic beyond description. 

The river Helmsdale is twenty miles in extent, 
and has its rise from Loch Macayn, then flows 
through Loch Eaden, where a little below it is 
joined by the EUec Water, which is itself connected 
with three mountain lochs, all of which are said to 
be well stocked with trout and pike — the latter of 
very large size. Lochs Leam-na-Clavan, Carr, and 
Loch-in-Euar, contain fine trout and charr. The 
Helmsdale river, taken altogether, is an excellent 
one for general angling sports. 

Going north a few miles from the higher streams 
of the Black Water, we soon reach the springs of the 
HaUadale, which flows into the I^orth Sea. Its 
length is about twenty miles. I^ear to it are Loch- 
na-Coorach, Loch-na-Sealy, and Loch BaUigill; all 
containing fine red trout. In the same neighbour- 
hood lies Loch Arron, likewise celebrated for its 
good trouting. 

The river Strathy runs parallel vdth the HaUa- 
dale, at only a few miles' distance. It is equally as 
large as the latter stream. It contains salmon, grilse, 
and fine large trout. The angUng in the higher 
waters of the Strathy is excellent, when the waters 
are in full trim. 

Keeping by the north coast, we soon, on leaving 
the Strathy, fall in with the leaver river, which 
springs from Loch Naver ; a sheet of water seven 



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miles long, and wMch contains salmon, grilse, and 
trout. The Naver is a favourite water for the rod, 
and the scenery on its banks is exceedingly beautifal. 
Its tributaries are the MaRart, Skelpick Burn, and 
Langdale Eum. 

The Eorgie river rises out of Loch Elam, and is 
connected with Loch Cragie, and Loch Looghal. 
There are salmon, grilse, and yellow trout in these 
waters, and, in general, very good rod fishing. 

One of the richest treats which an angler, with 
any spark of sentimentality about him, can have 
in this district, is to ascend one of the lofty moun- 
tains in the vicinity, and take a look at the setting 
sun in the month of August or September. How 
splendidly does the luminary sink beneath the mighty 
waves of the Atlantic ! The heavens melt into a 
magnificent softness. 

^' But lo ! the day declines, and to his couch 
The sun is wheeling. "What a world of pomp 
The heavens put on in homage to his power I 
Eomance hath never hung a richer sky, 
Or sea of sunshine, o'er whose yellow deep 
Triumphal barks of beauteous form career, 
As though the clouds held festival, to hail 
Their god of glory to his western home."* 

"What constant pleasures a man may derive from 
the contemplation of the sky! What wonderful 
pictures are daily — nay, almost momentarily, pre- 
sented to his eye — pictures, in fact, which throw 
into the shades of utter insignificancy, the most 



• Poems, by the Rev. Robert Montgomery. 1855. 



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elaborate and finislied productions of human genius 
and skill. Yet these splendid and ever gorgeous 
sights pass away unheeded and unrecognised by 
millions of our race. They cause neither surprise, 
nor emotion, nor sentiment, nor thanksgiving. They 
seem displays of artistic skill entirely thrown awa-y 
upon the greatest number of mankind, either because 
they lack education towards such things, or lack a 
sensibility that developes itself without any educa- 
tion at alL 

"Were there an artist to come among us who could 
stand in Exeter Hall, in the presence of a living as- 
sembly, and work with such marvellous celerity and 
genius, that, in half an hour, there would glow from 
his canvas a gorgeous sunset, such as flushes the 
western Highlands in the autumn, and then, when 
the spectators had gazed their fill, should rub it 
hastily out, and overlay it in a twenty minutes' 
work, with another picture, suck as we often see 
^jfl&r sunset — its silver white, its faint apple green, 
its pink, its yellow, its orange hues, imperceptibly 
mingling into grays, and the black blue of the upper 
arch of the heavens, to be rubbed out again, and 
succeeded by pictures of clouds — all, or any of those 
extraordinary combinations of grandeur, in form and 
in colour, that makes one tremble to stand and look 
up, — these again to be followed by vivid portraitures 
of more calm atmospheric conditions of the heavens, 
without form or vapour, and so on endlessly — such 
a man would be followed by eager crowds, his works 
lauded, and he himself called a god. He would be 



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a god. Such is the Deity. So he fills the heavens 
with pictures, strikes through them with effacement, 
that he may find room for the expression of the end- 
less riches of the Divine ideas of beauty and majesty. 

The Kinloch, a short stream, runs into the Kyle 
of Tongues. The Ehians Bum contains a number 
of small trout. 

The Hope and the Strathmore streams enter Loch 
Hope. The Grudie falls into the Kyle of Durness, 
a good fishing water for salmon and trout. The lochs 
in this vicinity are Dionard, Eorralie, and Crosbole. 
The small streams called the Shinery and Kearvaig 
waters enter the ocean near to Cape Wrath, and are 
full offish. 

Turning to the west, we meet with several lakes 
in which there is first-rate fishing ; but they aU pre- 
sent the same leading features as those we have just 
mentioned. The entire range of coast in the western 
side of Sutherlandshire is one continued chain of 
angling waters. The chief of these are the Inchard 
river. Loch Loxford, Loch Stack, and Lochs Lead- 
vuam, Dhu, and Cuil. 

The benefits, in point of health, which an angler 
derives from his daily perambulations among the 
lakes and rivers in such a country as that we have 
just gone over, are incalculable. He grows stronger 
and stronger daily. He seems to get a new lease of 
his life ; — to obtain a firmer grasp of his earthly 
tenure of office. The vital principle seems inspired 
with a renewed energy and vigour. By the way, 
what an active and mysterious agent this principle is, 



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of which we are constantly talking, and pretending 
to regulate and direct. When we come to dwell 
upon it, we become dreadfully puzzled and per- 
plexed, and are apt to think we are making use of a 
word to which there is attached no real meaning — 
no material or tangible representative in the nature 
of things. But let us for a moment attend to" a few 
of the many striking facts involved in the structure 
and constitution of man. There is no single object 
in this globe which contains such a collection of 
wonders as the frame of the meanest mortal. If 
any plant is a great problem — if any insect is a 
living mystery — if every animal is a riddle which 
no man can fully read, we might fairly assume that 
a structure where mind and matter were to meet ; 
— where dust was for the first time to be fitted up 
as a mansion for spirit, would prove to be a 
stupendous prodigy of skiU. And in whatever light 
we choose to regard it — whether as a complicated 
machine whose organs have been set for a run of 
three score years and ten ; — or as a great laboratory 
in which chemical operations proceed with far more 
precision than in crucibles and glass retorts; this 
must be always our conclusion — that an apparatus 
which has been planned with so much wisdom, — 
which has been designed for such a multitude of 
purposes — ^must be a perfect miracle in the flesh. 

Let us for a moment glance at the materials of 
which the human body is constructed. We speak 
not of the simple nor the uUhnate materials. If a 
chemist catch a man, and thrust him into a retort. 



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and subject him to distillation, he would find that 
the patient consisted of some of the commonest ele- 
ments which are to he found on the globe. It is the 
same with all human forms, from the loftiest to the 
lowliest. Dukes and Duchesses — coalheavers and 
washerwomen — might all be resolved into the same 
common-place elements. A Prince in a retort would 
yield the same produce as a clown, Differing as 
most men do in other particulars, in this there is no 
distinction. All are a compilation of the same sub- 
stances. 

But though the ultimate elements of which hu- 
manity consists, are thus plain and ordinarj^, they 
are imder the management and control of a subtle 
power, which, without knowing its true nature, we 
are accustomed to call the yital principle. There 
is something pervading the structure which does not 
belong to these elements in their inanimate uses and 
states. "What this mysterious principle of life may 
be, in its intrinsic nature, it would be idle to surmise. 
But we may form some conception of its offices by 
remembering the changes which occur when the body 
has ceased to breathe. How is it that the frame be- 
gins then to dissolve ? How is it that the elements 
of which it was compounded, then break into open 
insurrection, as it Avere, and dash off to thQ four 
winds of heaven ? It is clear that all along they 
have been ruled by some powerful force — they must 
have been kept in a state of positive coercion by the 
principle of life. Just withdraw the principle of 
vitality, and a series of changes set in, which dissi- 



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pate the body as certainly as a dew-drop is dried up 
in the fire of a midsummer day. The process of de- 
composition is no forced, artificial work; it is as 
much a matter of chemical routine as the withering 
of a leaf or flower. This singular property called 
mtality — which we cannot see, cannot weigh, cannot 
handle, cannot govern — this viewless something alone 
stands between man and downright decomposition. 

A grand series of changes and fluctuations are con- 
stantly in progress among the materials of the human 
frame. This living principle has not only to keep 
down the conflicting affinities which may ever be on 
the watch for the mastery, but it has to preside over 
the incessant alternations which are occurring in the 
entire structure. These changes are twofold : first, 
those oi growth; and, secondly, those oi repair ox re- 
newal. If we consider the body as a digestive and 
reconstructive apparatus merely y there is nothing in 
the whole compass of art which can be compared for 
a moment with this massive mystery. We shall in 
vain attempt to imagine any machine, the work of 
human hands, which can in any degree compete with 
this living prodigy. The ordinary duties of sustain- 
ing the frame, particle by particle, provision must 
likewise be made for peculiar emergencies. Sup- 
pose a bone to be fractured, the attention of the vital 
agent appears to be instantly called to the spot of 
danger ; materials are hurried to the scene of the ca- 
tastrophy ; and if the damage be not excessive, very 
healing operations are straightway commenced for 
the restoration of the part. 



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The most astounding feature in the digestive trans- 
actions is, that the very organs which are repairing 
and renewing the body, are able to repair and renew 
themselves. The receptacle in which the food under- 
goes all the necessary preliminary changes, must be 
renovated from the very aKment which it is its duty 
to elaborate and prepare. And this same renovation 
must be effected whilst the organs are in full activity. 
How wonderfully mysterious is aU this ! 

The county of Caithness is an interesting district 
for the angler. It is not, however, so fruitful of 
bold and romantic scenery as other parts of the north 
of Scotland. It is comparatively level, presenting a 
great scarcity of trees and shrubbery, and, in some 
places, has the poverty-stricken appearance of a per- 
fect desert. But a contemplative piscatorian can cull 
pleasure even from the sternest and most negative 
features of nature. 

The constant succession of bold and rugged moun- 
tain scenery, in several of the counties we have just 
passed over, is one of the greatest sources of pleasure 
which an angler derives from a ramble among them. 
They present to his eye almost every possible varia- 
tion; giving it numerous pathways to the summits of 
the hills, through gorges, ravines, or almost valleys. 
Mountains, which have the firmest features and the 
most fixed forms of nature, are yet of a more varia- 
ble expression than anything in the world. Lakes, 
trees, meadows, and men, have moods and changea- 
ble expressions ; but mountains, beyond all other na- 
tural objects, are subject to moods. This is the result 



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of lights and sliadows. Every change of tempera- 
ture, every change of day, every change of cloud or 
sun, is reflected upon the mountains. They are the 
grand expositors of the atmosphere. Sometimes they 
stand in a dreamy mood — ^hazy, indistinct, absent- 
minded. All irregularities seem effaced. The lines 
of depression or the bulges of rock, are lost, and they 
lie in airy tranquility, as if the Deity had sloped 
them from base to summit with an even line. Per- 
haps the next morning all reserve is gone. They 
have travelled up towards you. They seem close at 
hand, and look you right in the face. Every line is 
sharp, and there is no longer any dreamy expression, 
but one of solemn and earnest out-looking. There is 
a dark, dignified, and positive expression, as if they 
had come to judgment with you. They are the fa- 
vourite grounds for shadows. They lie patiently 
still while clouds amuse themselves with painting 
every form and shape upon their huge and rugged 
sides, and they even choose to make their own sha- 
dows rather than have none. A mountain shadow, 
when the sun is in the west — a sombre sheet of 
transparent darkness, cast loosely and mysteriously 
down from cliff to base — is a very witch with the 
imagination. One's thoughts play with it — ^rushing 
in and out — ^like swallows in their summer evening 
sportings. 

But no effects are finer than those which are some- 
times seen at or near sunset, when the heavens are 
full of white-gray and blue-gray clouds. The Hght 
which reveals them is entirely reflected down from the 



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clouds, and from different strata, and witli different in- 
tensities. It is, of all other ligMs, that which gives the 
utmost distinctness in contrast with the most perfect 
obscurity. The nearest point to you will be black with 
purple darkness, and swell up unfamiliarly into a 
grandeur which effaces all your familiarity with it. 
Whether the mountain is a cloud, or the cloud a 
mountain — whether there is a change going on, and 
the rocky top is melting away and mistily exhaling, 
you cannot tell. Eut right out against this obscure 
stands another section, so astonishingly revealed that 
you can trace its anatomy almost to the minutest 
line. Every swell or scoop — all the ribs and bones 
— the petty ridges and hollows — the whole waving 
surface of a long slope — is as distinct as the wrinkles 
on one's own hands. Between these extremes, there 
is every possible gradation. !N"ever long alike in 
any feature, but changing with the ever-changing 
cloud, you cannot but feel there is some mysterious 
connection between cloud mountains and earth and 
rock mountains. One's imagination sometimes seems 
to run wild on the subject; and we cannot help asking 
ourselves, if these airy hills are the spirit-forms which 
come into visible communion with their yet earth- 
bound brethren? Do these things symbolise the 
communion of spirits embodied with spirits disembo- 
died? And are these evanescent hues — these strange 
effects of light — these systems of opal-shadows — 
analagous to all those openings and shuttings of the 
human heart, those lights and darknesses of imagina- 
tion, which come upon us in the experiences of life ? 



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Keeping by the coast from the Sutherland side of 
the county, we meet with the rivers Langwell and 
Berridale, which join close to the sea, near to the 
village of Eerridale. The Langwell has a fishing 
range of about eight miles, and is a good stream for 
salmon and trout at particular seasons of the year. 
The Eerridale has a longer sweep, running fifteen 
miles, and even more if we make our calculation from 
its highest springs, situated in the vicinity of Bar 
Fin. About half-way of its course, it has a connec- 
tion with Loch-na-Baranach, in which there are some 
good-sized trout. 

In passing from these two rivers, and going north 
in the direction of the sea-coast, there are no streams 
of any note till we get to the Wick, with the excep- 
tion of a few burns or rivulets not worth the angler's 
notice. The Wick has a run of about sixteen miles, 
and springs out of the high grounds in the vicinity 
of Loch Scarmelet, which it flows through, and then 
enters a large sheet of water called Loch Walter, in 
which there are a considerable portion of fine trout. 
The river then flows on for about ten miles, till it 
enters the British ocean, at the town of Wick. 

Five miles north of Wick, is the Water of Wester, 
which flows through a loch of the same name, and 
is likewise connected, to the north, with Alterwall 
Loch, in which there are good- sized yellow trout, 
and pike of large dimensions. The Wester stream is 
of no great note. It enters the sea at Sinclair's Bay. 
Scarlet Loch, and Loch Yarrows, are in this vicinity, 
and contain good trout. 



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The river Thurso, which enters the sea at the town 
of the same name, is rather a large stream, and stands 
high in the estimation of modern anglers. It springs 
out of the lofty grounds, and a series of lakes, situ- 
ated in the parish of Halkirk, and has a range of full 
thirty miles. Most all the lakes connected with its 
higher waters contain trout, and some charr. Lochs 
More and Calder are the best known, and most fre- 
quented by piscatorians. The trout and salmon 
fishing in the main stream is good, and the accom- 
modation for travellers convenient and respectable. 
Though the banks of the Thurso are destitute of 
wood, yet there are very interesting views from 
many parts of them. "We see in the distance, in 
fine weather, the bright and tranquil ocean, and the 
variously coloured cliffs of the sea- side, which, when 
lighted up with the rays of a setting sun, give out 
forms and outlines of every degree of variation and 
interest. The sea, in one of its glassy moods is like 
an extended mirror, save where its surface is rippled 
by the rapid plunging of the sea-fowl, which, in 
some localities, are met with in surprising numbers. 
The Forss is a good angling stream, of nearly 
eighteen miles in extent. The most celebrated lochs 
in the neighbourhood are those of Shurery, Cailm, 
Scirach, and Sleitile. 

There are a few matters connected with an ang- 
ling tour in the Highland counties, when undertaken 
on a systematic plan, which we think worthy of 
notice. What we shall say on the subject is grounded 
chiefly upon our own experience, with a suitable 



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sprinkling of *' the wise saws and modem instances" 
of others. Pirst, we are enthusiastic admirers of 
pedestrian rambles, not keeping by formal routes, 
or fashionable places of angling resort, but diving 
into the nooks and recesses of the country, and going 
up hill and down dale, just as the crow flies. The 
greater the physical obstacles in the way the bet- 
ter. When people tell us, there is no road that 
way, we answer, '* There was no road any where 
till it was made," and off we set. These obstacles 
call forth energy, and impart great pleasure on being 
surmounted. A man thinks himself, for a moment 
at least, a more important personage when he has 
overtopped a mountain a mile and a half in altitude, 
or made his way over ten or fifteen miles of dusky 
moorland, without hearing anything save his own 
voice — ^in a stillness which seems to smite his heart 
with something like fear. These are the kind of 
movements which brace up a man's nerves like fid- 
dle-strings, and which make him afterwards relish 
his business or studies with a zest, which a mere 
lounging or sauntering through a country can never 
impart. Keeping away from fashionable hotels, or 
the favourite or pet waters of some particular lo- 
cality, is the surest method of making an angling 
tour in such districts as these we have just gone 
over, both delightful and improving. The mind 
should be free and unfettered, — in perfect unison 
with the wild and unbounded scenes of nature 
around it. 

A necessary element in all piscatory exercises and 



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amusements is the free use of the limbs. Don't be 
afraid of them. They will grow every day stronger 
and stronger, if worked with ordinary judgment. 
If a m.an be healthy, pedestrian exercises can seldom 
be taken in excess. Even when great fatigue is 
felt, it is a fatigue which does not weaken the gen- 
eral system. On the contrary, a man feels himself 
strong and active after a severe day's toil. This, 
of course, is subject to certain conditions; and the 
true principle of these are, — that he does not eat 
too much, nor is too free with his bottle. With 
respect to eating a full and hearty meal during a 
long walk, we have seen strong and robust men 
brought to a state of complete helplessness by such 
untimely indulgence. The fact is, nature will not 
bear this double tax on her resources ; it is lighting 
the candle at both ends. Every angler will find 
this to be the case, when perambulating through 
such a country as the Scottish Highlands When 
he has to walk twenty or thirty miles, he should, 
during his movements, take little solid food, till he 
has completed his task; and, even then, his meal 
should be light and spare. We have, ourselves, 
some twenty-five years ago, often been angling for 
eighteen hours at a stretch, with, perhaps, about an 
hour's rest in the interim, and we have been sus- 
tained by a little bread and cheese, or a cup or two 
of cold tea, and without the slightest injury to the 
body. Even bread alone, sipping (not drinking) 
water with it, has kept us in a vigorous state 
to the end of our journey. Of course, there are 



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great constitutional differences among men, — some 
bear regular and systematic guzzling and stuffing 
better than others, — ^but, as a general rule, it will 
be found that nothing enables a man to sustain a 
fatiguing journey better than spare — ^very spare — 
diet. This regimen keeps the principle of sensibility 
in all its pristine vigour ; and this is an essential 
matter. Though we do not know what this prin- 
ciple is, in its abstract nature or essence, yet we all 
know when it becomes obtuse or blunted by mate- 
rial agencies. It is a principle which keeps soul 
and body together, and makes them act in complete 
harmony. 

Drink is likewise an important item to be taken 
into account in pedestrian tours. An angler should 
never go into the Highlands without a portion of 
spirits, of some kind, with him; but it should be 
used as a medicine ; — ^not as a mere stimulant. A 
man will walk a great deal easier to himself, and 
at far less wear and tear to his system, when he 
totally abstains from spirituous liquors. We have 
seen many scores of anglers, who were always out 
with their pocket-flasks, and sipping all the day 
long. This is a bad and senseless system. It deadens 
the mind, and destroys its sensibilities to the beau- 
ties and sublimities of nature. The grand stimulant 
to all angling exertions, especially in such a district 
as the Highlands, should be a zealous cultivation of 
our tastes for natural and fine scenery. There is 
such a succession of interesting landscapes — of scenes 
that are fitted to engross and excite the contempla- 



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tive mind — that it seems sadly out of place to drown 
its energies, and better sympatHes and aspirations, 
with continual potations of stupifying drinks. "We 
effectually, by such a habit, cut ourselves off from 
all participation in the real and refined pleasures 
which angling, as an 'art, and in such a locality as 
we are now contemplating, is calculated to afford. 

Another essential requisite to comfortable and 
successfal angling tours in the Highlands, is to pay 
great attention to the feet. Thick shoes or boots, 
and warm woollen stockings, should be always used. 
[N'othing facilitates a man's easy transit over a moun- 
tainous country, and along the rugged banks of 
streams, better than a sedulous attention to what is 
here recommended. 




PART IV. 



Treating of Several Angling Streams in Fifeshirb, Forfarshire, 
Angus, Kincardinshire, &c. 



This Section of our small work embraces an angling 
tour of a more limited extent, and of a more tame 
and subdued scenic character, than that which we 
have just noticed in the preceding part. The ram- 
ble we are now, however, about to enter upon, is, 
nevertheless, full of natural beauties, and well fitted 
to impart a fair portion of piscatory pleasure to all 
who may have leisure time at command to under- 
take and prosecute it. 

"We shall take Glasgow, as we have hitherto done, 
as our point of departure. When we get our rod in 
hand, and basket on our back, and set fairly out in 
our journey, it is of moment that we should vigor- 
ously brace up our nerves, and freely open out all 
the avenues of the heart to the genial influences of 
external nature. This animates and quickens our 
footsteps, and fully prepares us for our task. Per- 



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haps tliere is no one wliose mind is awakened to the 
feeling of the beautiful and sublime in the external uni- 
verse, who is fully aware of the depth and intensity 
of his love, if he have not, at some period of his 
life, been a denizen of one of our large trading or 
manufacturing cities. The imaginative power with 
which he is endowed, will never be more actively 
and agreeably exercised, than when he is fully 
placed under the direct influence of rural scenes and 
natural beauties. Wearied and exhausted in the 
busy hum of men — the eternal discordant noises of 
the crowded streets grating harshly on his ear, he 
will recur with tenfold delight to the recollection of 
the scenes of the country — to the cries of animals or 
the songs of birds — to the fall of waters, whether 
murmuring gently in the *' trotting brooks,'^ or 
dashing fiercely down the rock — to the sounds 
drawn forth by the winds in their endless courses, 
whether as sighing and whispering in the leafy 
woods, or whistling and roaring in all their strength 
and power. Indeed, a communion with nature is 
ever interesting. Even difficulties greatly heighten 
our enjoyments. We should make a point, there- 
fore, on setting out in our fishing excursions, of 
placing ourselves under the cheering influences of all 
material objects The man who possesses a keen sen- 
sibility to external nature, may almost always say 
with the poet : — 

" I care not, Fortune, what you me deny ; 
You cannot rob me of free Nature's grace ; 



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You cannot shut the window of the sky, 

Through which Aurora shows her smiling face ; 

You cannot bar my constant feet to trace 

The woods and lawns, by living streams at eve ; 

Let health my nerves and finer fibres brace. 
And I their toys to the great children leave ; 

Of fancy, reason, virtue, nought can me bereave.'* 

Starting by railway or otherwise from Glasgow, 
we must make our way to the north side of the 
Pirth, and drop a line into the Carron, which is not, 
however, of any great value as a mere fishing stream. 
We have seen, nevertheless, some fine trout taken 
out of it; and it likewise contains both pike and 
perch. Its banks, in many spots, are very inter- 
esting. The tourist will see that the chain of the 
Campsie Hills is interrupted by the valley of the 
Forth. As we take a more northerly direction, it 
rises still higher into the Ochil Chain, the summits 
of which rise to above two thousand feet above the 
level of the ocean. This chain is broken by a nar- 
row valley, through which the Earne and Tay make 
their way; but between these rivers the hill of 
Moncrief, and to the north across Angus, the hills 
of Kinnoul and Liedlaw, continue the chain, though 
at a very moderate elevation, to the sea at E,ed Lead. 
This mountainous tract is said by travellers to re- 
semble very much the district of Auvergne, in the 
south of Erance, which is almost universally believed 
to be a district of extinct volcanoes. 

Eifeshire is not a first-rate county for angling. 
The rivers are the Ederij the Leven, and the Orr ; 



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and they all flow from west to east, and enter the 
Grerman Ocean between the Pirth of Porth and Tay. 
It is very conyeni^nt to angle all these streams in 
going by land from Edinburgh to Dundee. In pur- 
suing the main road, through the county, the tourist 
will cross all the rivers at right angles ; and he can 
ascend such of them as he may find worthy of his 
attention. Small and middle-sized flies are the most 
suitable for these Fifeshire streams. Minnow is also 
a successful bait. 

The Eden rises in the Lomond Hills, and flows 
throw the central vale of the county. It is a slow 
and languid stream, and the miUs, that are situated 
on its banks, tend to derange the angHng in its 
waters. Therfe are, however, fine white and red 
trout in it ; but they are more readily taken with 
the minnow than the fly. Pike and eels abound in 
the deeper parts of the stream, and a considerable 
portion of salmon are taken near its mouth. 

The Leven issues from Loch Leven, and, after 
running an easterly direction, it receives the waters 
of the OrVy which spring out of Loch Eitty, and 
flow into the Eirth of Eorth at the Yillage of Leven. 
It has a course of twelve miles, and, in this short 
distance, turns forty -five mills for cotton and other 
things. There are many bleaching works upon its 
banks ; and before these were so extensively estab- 
lished, the river was considered as the finest trout 
stream in the county. Its fishing capabilities are 
now, however, considerably impaired. But a fair 
day's sport may still be obtained, when the waters 



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are in proper trim. There is a salmon fishery at its 
mouth, but tho quantity of fish annually taken is 
not great. It is a curious sight to witness, in May 
and June, the eels ascending in countless millions up 
this river to Loch Leven and its marshes, where they 
remain for an unknown period of time. 

The Orr is a tributary to the Leven, and contains 
very good trout, but they are not numerous. The 
lover of scenery will not, however, be disappointed 
by a ramble along its banks. 

Loch Leven is a most beautiful lake. Its circum- 
ference is about ten miles. It contains two islands, 
of about two acres in extent, one on which the ruins 
of Loch Leven Castle stand, and the other called 
the Inch, where there had been formerly a monas- 
tery. The Castle is celebrated as being a place 
where Queen Mary was imprisoned. The fishing on 
the lake is rented. It abounds with trout of the 
richest kind, and with considerable quantities of 
pike, perch, eels, &c. Trout of a very large size 
have been taken out of this sheet of water, of the 
most extraordinary weight, some say, of eighteen 
and twenty pounds- These heavy fish have almost 
invariably been captured by trolling. The pike are 
also of a very great size ; some have been taken of 
late years, weighing from forty to nearly fifty 
pounds. 

Speaking of pike, we may notice, in passing, that 
the angling for this fish has become of late years 
much more general, both in England and Scotland, 
than formerly. Its history and habits have been 



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objects of interest, for many centuries, both to natu- 
ralists and anglers; — and, we may add, to coohs 
likewise. It does not appear that the pike was 
known to either the Greeks or Eomans ; — at least 
Aristotle and Pliny do not speak of it. The first 
author who treats of it, is Ausonius, who flourished 
about the middle of the fourth century, and who 
does not appear to have entertained very favourable 
opinions of either the kindly dispositions, or gastro- 
nomic excellencies of the fish. He holds him forth 
in a poetic strain under the name of Lucim. 

"Lucius obscurus ulva lacunas 

Obsidet. His nullos mensarum lectus ad usus, 

Fumat fumosis olido nidore popinis." 
" The wary luce, midst wrack and rushes hid, 
The scourge and terror of the scaly brood, 
Unknown at friendship's hospitable board, 
Smokes *niidst the smoky tavern's coarsest food." 

The largest pike ever taken in Scotland, or in 
England either, is nothing compared with the one 
which was caught in the vicinity of Manheim, in 
the year 1497. He weighed three hundred and fifty 
pounds, and measured nineteen feet. Besides this, 
he bore a Greek inscription appended to his muzzle, 
containing these words : — '* I am the fish that was 
put into this pond by the hands of the Emperor 
Erederic the Second, on this 8d day of October, 
1262;'' — thus, making the age of the monster two 
hundred and thirty-five years. The skeleton of this 
fish is still to be seen in the Museum of Manheim. 



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Lord Bacon maintained in his day, that the utmost 
limit of the life of a pike was forty years. 

Of the ravenous habits of the fish much has been 
written. The author of British Fish and Fisheries 
says : — '* Shrouded from observation in his solitary 
retreat, he follows with his eye the motions of the 
shoals of fish that wander heedlessly along; he 
marks the water-rat swimming to his burrow, — the 
ducklings paddling among the water-weeds, — the 
dab -chick and the moor-hen leisurely swimming on 
the surface ; he selects his victim, and, like the 
tiger springing from the jungle, he rushes forth, 
seldom indeed missing his aim ; — there is a sudden 
rush, circle after circle forms on the surface of the 
water, and all is still again in an instant/' 

But though rapacious to a proverb, yet the pike 
has his own likes and dislikes ; — there are tasty bits 
of food that are said to be keenly relished by him. 
Among these, writers state the following : — A swan's 
head and shoulders, a mule's lip, a Polish damsel's 
foot, a gentleman's hand, and a lady's too, when 
very soft and plump, tender kittens before their eyes 
open, and the fleshy parts of a calf's head. 

The opinions and practices relative to the pike as 
an article of food, have been various and conflicting. 
In some districts of Prance he is viewed with loath- 
ing, while at Chalons-sur-Saone, he is esteemed one 
of the first luxuries. In Italy pike are seldom 
touched, and the Spaniards entirely reject him. In 
Germany he has a high reputation in many districts. 
In England, in the thirteenth century, pike was so 



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dear that few could purchase it ; Mr. Yarrell says, 
it was double the price of salmon, and ten times 
higher than that of either turbo t or cod. '^ In 
1466, pike was one of the chief dishes in the High 
Church festivals given by George IN'eville, Arch- 
bishop of York. In Henry the Eighth's time those 
watery tyrants fetched as much again as household 
lamb in February, and a very small pickerel would 
sell higher than a fat capon." 

The I^orth Queich, and the South Queich, are 
the two chief feeders of Lochleven. There is good 
fishing in both these streams, except in very dry 
and sultry weather. We have found all kinds of 
winged flies, of a lightish colour, most successful in 
these waters. 

The antiquities of Pifeshire are numerous, and its 
ecclesiastical remains and history interesting. There 
is a great number and variety of vestiges of the 
Caledonian and Pictish inhabitants, and of their 
Eoman and Danish invaders. There are also many 
military forts, mounds of encampments, groups of 
Druidical lithoi, cairns, tumuli, barrows, stone cof- 
fins, skeletons, Celtic sepulchral urns, spears and 
ariow heads of flint, swords, and battle-axes of brass 
and bell-metal,' crosses, fonts, beads, Eoman coins, 
&c. All these are very interesting to such anglers 
as have a taste for antiquarian researches. 

Before the angler quits the rivers of Pifeshire, he 
should, if he have any taste for learning and philoso- 
phy, pay a visit to the University of St. Andrews. 
There is much to interest a reflective mind in this 



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ancient seat of scliolarship. Besides, there is a 
legend connected with the history of the '^ Gentle 
Craft," emanating from this celebrated place. In a 
work, published at Liege, in Belgium, 1689, called 
*' The Lives of the Holy Fathers," we find an ac- 
count given of a St. Male, who visited St. Andrews 
about the tenth century, and who performed a great 
miracle upon the fish of the Tay, for the purpose of 
strengthening, among the rude inhabitants of the 
district, a belief in his divine mission to teach the 
truths of Christianity. There are accounts stiU ex- 
tant of similar legends in other parts of Scotland, as 
well as in England. "We have a notable story con- 
nected with one of our early English bishops — the 
Bishop of Chichester — which shows the common 
practice of early times of ascribing miracles to fish. 
The first bishop sent from Rome to this part of 
England, seeing the people eat greedily of the sand- 
eels caught near the place, sent information to St. 
Peter's, that the people here eat serpents. This 
horrified the Holy See, and a message was sent 
back, that if they would refrain from such a repul- 
sive and heathenish custom, they should for the 
future be amply supplied with real fish, and that 
of the very first quality. The people consented; 
the influence of the Holy Pontiff was immediately 
put into requisition, and a most sumptuous supply 
of fish of every kind was for a long period most 
miraculously served out to the benighted but faith- 
ful people.* 

* History of CMchester. 



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Tlie Hermit* s Pish-Pond, now remaining in a val- 
ley, near Glastonbury, exhibits the materials of a 
legendary tale about fish. In this pond there were 
three fishes, of which St. Neot had Divine permis- 
sion to take one, and only one, every day, with an 
assurance that the supply should never be dimin- 
ished. Being afflicted with a serious indisposition, 
his disciple, Earius, one day caught two fishes, and 
having broiled one, and boiled the other, placed 
them before him. *' "What hast thou done," ex- 
claimed St. l^eot, '^ lo ! the favour of God deserts 
us; go instantly, and restore these fishes to the 
water. '* While Earius was absent, I^eot prostrated 
himself in earnest prayer, till he returned with the 
intelligence that the fishes were disporting them- 
selves in the pool. Earius again went and took only 
one fish, of which St. 'Neot had no sooner tasted 
than he was restored to perfect health.* 

We have, indeed, multitudes of legends connected 
with fish and fishing scattered over the theological 
literature of Prance, Italy, Spain, and Germany. 
The legend of St. Anthony, of Padua, is, unques- 
tionably, the most striking and ingenious of all the 
pious effusions of this kind. The sermon commences 
with, '^ My dearly beloved fish," and goes on, at 
great length, and with much eloquence, to show 
how fish had in all ages been the especial favourites 
of heaven; that they lived in an element which 



* History of St. Neots, by the Rev, G. C. Graham. 
London, 1838, 



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secured them from the many troubles and evils 
which befell terrestrial animals ; that the j had been 
the chosen medium through which many of the 
gospel rites and doctrines had been made known to 
mankind; and that now he had assembled them 
together for the purpose of teaching a great religious 
and moral lesson to the unbelieving and wicked 
people around him. And the saint concludes his 
discourse in the following words : ^^ In what dread- 
ful majesty — in what wonderful power — ^in what 
amazing providence, did God Almighty distinguish 
you among all the species of creatures that perished 
in the universal deluge : you only were insensible of 
the mischief that laid waste the whole world. All 
this I have told you, ought to inspire you with 
gratitude and praise. You cannot employ your 
tongues, nor express your gratitude in words ; make 
at least some sign of reverence ; bow yourselves ac- 
cording to the best of your capacity ; express your 
thanks in the most becoming manner that you are 
able ; and be not unmindful of all the benefits be- 
stowed upon you." 

We are told that St. Anthony had no sooner left 
off speaking than the fishes, as though they were 
moved by reason, bowed down their heads in pro- 
found humility, and manifested the most lively joy 
at his address. The story adds, that after many 
heretics, present on the occasion, had been con- 
verted, the saint gave his benediction to his finny 
auditory, and dismissed them. 

Lady Morgan describes a picture in the Borghese 



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Palace, at Rome, wMch. represents St. Anthony 
deliyering this address. Her Ladyship says, '* The 
sahnon look at the preacher with an edified face, 
and a cod, with his upturned eyes, seems anxiously 
looking out for new light." There is likewise a 
splendid picture on the same subject, by Salvator 
Eosa, now in the collection at Althorpe House, 
Northamptonshire.^ 

Saint Patrick is the patron saint in Ireland for 
fish and fishers. The legend tells us that the holy 
man having an irresistible desire for some flesh meat, 
obtained a piece of pork, and hid it. An apparition 
had its eye on his movements, and struck him with 
remorse of conscience. He repented ; and, as a proof 
of the sincerity of his contrition, an angel turned 
this piece of pork into some fine rich fish ! 

On quitting Pife, the angler will cross the Pirth 
of Tay, a most splendid inlet, nearly twenty-four 
miles in length, and from two to four in breaath. 
When viewed from any commanding eminence, it is 
a most interesting sight; presenting the bold and 
rocky coast of Pifeshire on the south, and on the 
north the fine Carse of Gowrie, a rich plain that 
stretches from the Pirth to the foot of the Leidlaw 
Hills, affording the tourist a magnificent landscape, 
comprehending the deep Bay of St. Andrews, and 
the churches of this ancient city, which are distinctly 
seen in the distance. 



* This legend is but little known in England, even among 
Catholics ; but it may be seen in every bookseller's window. in 
Rome, at the present day. 



191 

The chief angling rivers in the county of Eorfar- 
shire are the North and South JEshy the Isla, and the 
Tay. The two last have been noticed under Perth- 
shire. The Korth and South Esk are fine, clear, 
sparkling streams, and abound with a great quantity 
of trout, though not of very large size. The rivers 
have fine gravelly beds, and their rippling streams 
are most delightful to the fly-fisher. The salmon 
here are of excellent quality, and have, on some 
occasions, been caught of a most stupendous size. 
A gentleman in the neighbourhood, in 1829, killed 
one with fly, fifty -four pounds. The fish struggled 
hard for five hours. Had not the streams been 
very favourably situated, his capture could not 
have been effected. 

The IN'orth Esk issues from Lochlee, which re- 
ceives its waters from the mountain torrents of the 
Grampians. The river fiows south east, and is aug- 
mented in its progress by many smaller streams, all 
of which are full of fish, and afford excellent sport 
with the worm, in the hot and dry days of summer, 
when it is too clear for the fly in the main river. 
When the iN'orth Esk becomes the northern boundary 
of the county, and receives the West Water and the 
Water Cruick, it flows a south easterly direction, 
through a very fertile and delightful country, and 
falls into the sea about three miles north of the town 
of Montrose. It is subject to great and impetuous 
inundations ; and, in every part of its course, you 
may see deep ravines in the bed of the river, pro- 
duced from the overwhelming floods which pour 



192 

down from the sides of the Grampian Mountains. 
As the waters dash from rock to rock, the effect is 
grand and romantic in the extreme ; and nature has 
been greatly assisted by the artificial elegancies 
which Lord Gordon has introduced in many locali- 
ties in the river. 

The higher waters of the Korth Esk are composed 
of the streams called the Lee, the Mark, and the 
Brany. In its progress of fifty miles in extent, the 
waters of the Effock, Tarf, Turret, and Keeny, are 
poured into it. We have known very large trout 
taken out of some of these streams by trolling ; and, 
when the fish are in a taking mood, any thing in 
the shape of a fly will satisfy them. All these 
streams flow through districts that are exceeding 
interesting and beautiful. 

One of the striking features which marks a ram- 
ble among the rivers in this eastern section of Scot- 
land, somewhat different from an excursion among 
the mountain streams of the Highlands, is the pre- 
valence of copse-wood, hedge rows, and limited 
patches of ornamental timber. These relieve the 
general landscape mightily; and, what is of more 
moment, they afford places of shelter for several 
species of birds, whose notes fall upon the ear of 
the traveller with a ravishing sweetness. The notes 
and cries of the feathered creation have an especial 
adaptation to the localities they frequent. In the 
wild and solitary glens and morasses of the High- 
lands, how strikingly in unison with external na- 
ture, and one's own feelings, are the shrill whistle 



193 

of the curlew, and the plaintive tenderness of the 
plover ! Sounds of this kind, in such localities, 
make sadness pleasingly sad, and desolation more 
desolate. When we come into districts where copse 
and woodland covers prevail, we have the clear 
notes of the mavis and merle, which are in admira- 
ble keeping with the active and busy scenes of human 
life and industry, and with the blossoms, and flowers, 
and shrubs, which adorn the earth's surface, when 
subjected to the labour of man. Such sweet notes 
make rusticity more rustic, and give rise to the most 
soothing emotions which luxuriant nature can pro- 
duce on our inward frame. 

The South Esk issues from the north-west sum- 
mit of the Grampians, out of a lake of the same 
name, situated in the parish of Clova. It is from 
sixty to seventy miles in extent, and falls into the 
sea at Montrose. ^N'ear to its source, are Lochs 
"Wharral and Brany, which contain good trout, as 
well as pike and perch. Very large trout have 
been occasionally taken in those still waters by 
trolling, and some even with the fly. For the first 
twenty miles of South Esk, the generality of the 
fish found in it are small ; and, in fine, clear, sum- 
mer weather, the waters get too limpid, and too 
much reduced, for successful exploits with, the rod. 
Eut after rain, there seems no end to the number 
of trout that can be taken in it. We have found 
the angling for about ten miles above the Town of 
Brechin, to be the best portion of this river. There 



194 
are fine streams, and stretches of still water, where 
large fish are always to be met with. 

The tributaries of the South Esk, are the White- 
water, the Carity, the Lemno, the Koran, and Pow 
waters. There is likewise the Prosen, which is a 
good stream, and has three feeders, — the Lednathy, 
Glenoig, and Glenlogy, — in all of which there are 
countless numbers of small trout. 

The Town of Prechin is a place worthy of the 
angler's notice. In the church -yard, near the 
Cathedral, is one of those round towers, which have 
excited among antiquarians so much discussion, and 
the origin and use of which have not yet been satis- 
factorily accounted for. Brechin Castle is situated 
at the top of a precipice, and is separated from the 
town on the east and west by a deep ravine ; its 
south base is washed by the waters of the South 
Esk, which forms here a most enchanting piece of 
water. It was in this castle that Sir Thomas Maule 
defied the forces of Edward III., until he was kiUed 
by a stone thrown by an engine, when the garrison 
surrendered to the English. 

A short distance from this place the river presents 
a lovely appearance, chiefly from the softening shades 
of aerial perspective, which opens to the view as we 
approach a little village by its banks. Every turn 
or bend of the waters presents a beautifully varied 
landscape. Elevated masses of rock, and here and 
there some old building perched on their summits, 
greatly enhance the natural beauties of the locality, 
and rivet us as by enchantment to the spot. 



195 

The ecclesiastical and antiquarian remains are in- 
teresting in Forfarshire. Near to Porfar is a Dru- 
idical circle ; monumental stones with curious sculp- 
tures ; and cairns containing coffins and urns. !N"ot 
far from Cupar- Angus is King Arthur's Stone or 
Monument, connected with a cairn which tradition 
affirms contains the bones of this legendary Prince. 
Here are Glammis, and Dunsinane, mentioned in 
Shakspere's tragedy of Macbeth, where he says, — 

" By Sinel's death I know I'm Thane of Glammis." 

This was the locality which witnessed the usur- 
per's principal movements. On the hiU of Dunsi- 
nane was the Castle of Macbeth, from which he sal- 
lied, when, in the words of the poet, he exclaims, — 



-"I will not yield 



To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet, 
Though Birnam wood be come to Dimsinane, 
And thus opposed be of no woman bom." 

" Lay on Macduff! 

And damned be who first cries hold, enough." 

Two mounds of earth, called Duff's Know, and 
Bellie Duff, contain, according to popular tradition, 
the mortal remains of Macduff, and of his enemy 
Macbeth. At Glammis there is a large monumental 
stone, commemorative of the assassination of King 
Malcolm II. ; whose murderers were drowned in 
making their escape in the night across the frozen 
loch of Porfar. There are also many curious Cale- 
donian, Druidical, Scandinavian, Eoman, and monas- 
tic antiquities, scattered over different parts of the 



196 
county; such as stone coffins, urns in sepulchral 
cairns, battle-axes, swords, sculptured stones, Ro- 
man coins, and other similar articles of ancient 
times. 

Lunan "Water flows through three lakes, Eestenet, 
Rescobie, and Balgavies. These sheets of still wa- 
ter contain only pike, and a few perch. The Vinny, 
which is a feeder of the Lunan Water, has a fair 
portion of trout in it, as well as its parent stream. 

In Kincardinshire, the Bervie is a good rod wa- 
ter, and has a run of about seventeen miles. There 
quantities of fine trout are taken out of it. The 
anglers who frequent the river give a decided pre- 
ference to light-coloured flies, for the early months 
of the fishing season, and dark ones towards its 
close. The Carron and Towie waters are likewise 
fair streams for trouting. 



INDEX. 






PAGE ; 


I'AGK 


Allan Water, - 


30 


Bervidale, 


173 


Ale, 


31 


Balnagown Water, 


151 


Almond, 


39 


Brary, 


192 


Avon, 


54 


Chapelthorpe Stream, - 


20 


Annan, 


61 


Corse-cleugh Stream, - 


20 


Ayr, ' . . . 


92 


Caalstone Water, 


39 


Auldhouse Burn, 


95 


Clyde, . 


44 


Allan, Stirlingshire, - 


105 


Croak Burn, 


44 


Ary, 


106 


Culter Water, - 


46 


Awe, 


109 


Crane Loch, 


49 


Almond, Argyleshire, 


117 


Castle Loch, 


64 


Aven, - - - 


136 


Crawick Water, 


69 


Ault-graad Water, 


151 


Cluden Water, - 


73 


Alness Water, - 


151 


Cairn Water, - 


73 


Biggar Water, - 


10 


Cree Water, 


87 


Barthwick Water, 


30 


Coyle, - 


92 


Blackadder, 


36 


Caaf Water, 


95 


Biel Water, 


39 


Cart, White, - 


95 


Black Burn, 


46 


Cart, Black, 


95 


Blandenoch Water, - 


87 


Cona, - . . 


114 


Brother Loch, - 


95 


Crenan, - 


114 


Black Loch, 


95 


Clugh, - 


115 


Buie Water, 


114 


Coinich, - - - 


116 


Braan, 


122 


Col, 


116 


Butterstone Loch, 


122 


Carradale, 


116 


Bracklin Burn, - 


125 


Crossaig, 


116 


Bucket, - 


129 


Claonaid, 


116 


Brony, 


132 


Clunie Water, - 


128 


Bogie, 


133 


Calpie, - - - 


130 


Bruach, - 


139 


Calder Water, - 


134 


Beauly, 


143 


Crombie Water, 


136 


Bervie, 


196 


Cawdor Burn, - 


139 


Brara, 


162 


Clannie, - - - 


143 


Black Water, - 


162 Carity, ' - - - 


194 


Borgie, - 


164 Carron (Forfar), 


196 





198 






PAGE 




PAGE 


Conan, - . - 


149 


Earn, 


124 


Casley, . - - 


155 


Esset, 


129 


Carron, - - - 


158 


Ebrie, 


132 


Ibid, - - - 


181 


Esk (South), - 


194 


Devon, - - - 


41 


EUec Water, » 


163 


Daer, - - - 


41 


Evlix, 


159 


Duneaton "Water, 


46 


Eden, (Fifeshire,) - 
Esk, North, (Forfarshire 


181 


Douglas Water, 


48 


)191 


Drife, 


64 


Esk, South, do. - 


181 


Dee, 


81 


Effock, - 


192 


Deugh Water, - 


84 


Frostly-burn, - 


30 


Dusk, 


88 


Fastria Water, 


39 


Doon, - .. - 


91 


Forth, 


39 


Dusk Water, - 


95 


Fleet, 


87 


Douglas, 


101 


Fruin, - - - 


101 


Douglas Water, Argyleshire, 107 


Finlas, _ - - 


101 


Dergan Water, - 


114 


Forth, Stirlingshire, - 


105 


Donally Beg Loch, - 


114 


Foyers, - - - 


143 


Duror, - - - 


116 


Fleshie Water, - 


136 


Dochart, - 


119 


Foveran, - - - 


132 


Dee, Aberdeenshire, - 


127 


Forgue Burn, - 


133 


Dinnet Burn, - 


128 


Fiddich, - 


137 


DuUen, - 


137 


Findhorn, 


138 


Devoran, - - - 


133 


Faig, 


159 


Dee (Aberdeen), 


129 


Fleet, 


162 


Don, 


129 


Gala Water, 


25 


Dulnain, - - - 


136 


Glenooner Water, 


45 


Dundreggan, 


143 


Grey Mare's Tail Burn, 


62 


Ettrick, - 


22 


Garpel Burn, 


84 


Eden, - - - 


33 


Girvan, - - - 


90 


Eye, - - - 


37 


Garpel, Ayrshire, 


92 


Esk, Haddingtonshire, 


39 


Greenock, 


92 


Elvan Water, - 


44 


Gamock, 


94 


Evan Water, 


44 


Gryfe, 


95 


Esk, Black, 


58 


Gudrick, - - - 


101 


Ennis Water, - 


59 


Glenfallach, 


101 


Enchan, 


71 


Garry, - ^ - 


117 


Enterkin, 


71 


Gauer, . - - 


120 


Earn Burn, 


95 


Gairn Water, - 


128 


Endrick, 


104 


Geldie Water, - 


128 


Etive, 


113 


Gady, 


130 


Esragan, Greater, 


113 


Glen Latteragh, 


137 


Esragan, Lesser, 


113 


Grudie, - - - 


166 


Euchar, 


114 


Holy Loch, 


116 


Ericht, 


117 


Helmsdale, 


163 





199 






PAGE 




PAGE 


Halladale, 


163 


Loch Houie, 


84 


Hope, - - . 


166 


Loch Skae, 


84 


Inveruglass, 


101 


Loch Cree, 


87 


Isla, - - - 


122 


Luce Water, 


87 


Inchard, - . - 


166 


Loch Darnal, 


88 


Inver, - - - 


156 


Loch Maberry, 


88 


Jed, 


31 


Loch Chirmony, 


88 


Kale, 


32 


Loch Moam, 


88 


Kirtle Water, - 


60 


Loch Doon, 


91 


Kinnel, - - - 


64 


Loch Braden, 


92 


Kello Water, - 


70 


Loch Dercleugh, - 


92 


Ken, 


83 


Loch Findas, 


92 


Kevach Burn, - 


95 


Lugar, ^ - 


92 


Kelvin, - - - 


99 


Loch Kilbirnie, 


95 


Keith, 


123 


Loch Castlesemple, - 


95 


Keltic, - 


125 


Lugton, 


95 


Knaig, - 


125 


Loch Goin, 


95 


KeUoch, - 


126 


Long Loch, > 


95 


King Edward's Water, 


133 


Levern Water, 


95 


Kinloch, - - - 


166 


Loch Lomond, 


99 


Kyle of Tongues, 


166 


Leven Water, 


100 


Kyle of Durness, 


166 


Luss, 


101 


Kearving, 


166 


Loch Sloy, 


105 


Kirkaig, - - - 


156 


Loch Arrochar, 


105 


Keeny, - - - 


192 


Loch Ard, 


105 


Lyne, 


11 


Loch Fin, - 


106 


Leithen, 


14 


Loch Awe, 


108 


Leader, 


26 


Loch Etive, 


108 


Lymy-cleugh Burn, - 


30 


Liver, 


113 


Leet, 


35 


Loch Crenan, - 


114 


Leith, 


39 


Loch Leven, 


114 


Little Clyde, 


44 


Loch Scauradale, - 


114 


Logan, 


53 


Loch Trallaig, 


114 


Liddal, 


59 


Loch Nell, 


115 


Locher, 


66 


Loch Feochan, 


115 


Loch Urr, 


80 


Loch Killyheran, - 


115 


Loch Dee, 


81 


Loch Lihnne, 


115 


Loch Ker, 


83 


Loch Eil, - 


115 


Loch Grannoch, 


84 


Loch Sunart, 


115 


Loch Darnal, 


84 


Loch Shiel, 


115 


Loch Lochinbreck, 


84 


Laroch, 


116 


Loch Glentoo, 


84 


Leven, 


116 


Loch Eoan, 


84 


Loch Eck, 


116 


Loch Brack, 


84 


Loch Fad, 


117 


Loch Barscobe, 


84 


Loch Ascog, 


117 





200 






PAOB 




PAGK 


Loch Jorsa, 


117 


Loch Trevie, 


137 


Loch Tanna, 


117 


Loch Dallas, 


137 


Loch Tay, 


117 


Loch Noir, 


137 


Lyon, 


117 


Lock Bheninver, - 


137 


Lacchay, - 


119 


Loch Moy, 


139 


Loch Batha, 


120 


Loch Bruach, 


139 


Loch Lydoch, 


120 


Loch-an-Darb, 


139 


Loch Ard, 


122 


Loch Linnhe 


139 


Loch Craiglush, 


122 


Loch Lachy, 


141 


Loch of the Lows, 


122 


Loch Oich, 


141 


Loch Rotnel, 


122 


Loch Gorm, 


144 


Loch Oishnie, 


122 


Loch Nambrodarg, 


144 


Loch Cluny, 


122 


Loch Carnabatan, - 


144 


Loch Drumellie, 


122 


Loch Wharral, 


193 


Loch Earn, 


124 


Loeh Brany, 


193 


Loch Yoil, 


124 


Loch Restenet, 


196 


Loch Lubnaig, 


124 


Loch Rescobie, 


190 


Loch Katrine, 


125 


Loch Balgavies, 


196 


Loch Achray, 


125 


Loch Fleet, 


162 


Loch Vennachar, - 


125 


Loch Buie^ 


162 


Loch Watston, 


125 


Loch Furan, 


162 


Loch Maghaig, 


125 


Loch Tubernach, - 


162 


Loch Brodichan, 


128 


Loch Brara, 


162 


Loch Dhu, 


128 


Loch Macayn, 


163 


Loch Muick, 


128 


Loch Baden, 


163 


Loch Cannord, 


128 


Loch Leam-na-Claven, 


163 


Loch Leys, 


128 


Loch Carr, 


163 


Loch Dawan, 


128 


Loch-in-Ruar, 


163 


Livet Water, 


136 


Loch-na-Coarach, - 


163 


Lossie, 


137 


Loch-na-Sealy, 


163 


Lochly Burn, 


137 


Loch Balligill, 


163 


Lennoch Burn, 


137 


Loch Arron, 


163 


Lemno, 


194 


Loch Naver, 


163 


Lunan, 


196 


Langdale Burn, 


164 


Lochy, 


140 


Loch Elam, 


164 


Loch Muckle, 


132 


Loch Cragie, 


164 


Loch Strathbeg, 


133 


Loch Loaghal, 


164 


Loch Spey, 


134 


Loch Dionard, 


166 


Loch Inch, 


136 


Loch Borralie, 


166 


Loch Alvie, 


136 


Loch Crasbole, 


166 


Loch Morlich, 


136 


Loch Loxford, 


166 


Loch Rothiemurcus, 


136 


Loch Stack, 


166 


Loch Pittenlish, 


136 


Loch Leadvuam, - 


166 


Loch Garten, 


136 


Loch Dhu, 


166 


Loch Bulg, 


137 


Loch Gail, 


166 





201 






PAGE 




PAG« 


Langwell, 


173 


Loch Charrh, 


158 


Loch-na-Baranach, 


173 


Loch Culrain, 


158 


Loch Scarmelet, 


173 


Loch Migdaie, 


158 


Loch Walter, 


173 


Loch Shine, 


159 


Loch Alterwall, 


173 


Loch Merkeland, - 


159 


Loch Scarlet, 


173 


Loch Mose, 


159 


Loch Yarrows, 


173 


Loch Laxford, 


159 


Loch More, 


174 


Leven, (FifesMre,) 


181 


Loch Calder, 


174 


Loch Leven, 


183 


Loch Shurery, 


174 


Lochlee, - 


191 


Loch Cailm, 


174 


Lee, 


192 


Loch Seirach, 


174 


Manor, 


11 


Loch Sleitile, 


174 


Meggat, - 


20 


Loch Quoich, 


149 


Moffat Water, 


21 


Loch Arkop, 


149 


Medwin Water, 


49 


Loch Chinie, 


149 


Minnick, - 


70 


Loch Shiel, 


149 


Muck, 


88 


Loch Eylt, - 


149 


Moy Water, 


139 


Loch Duich, 


149 


Muckle Bnrn, 


139 


Loch Marrer, 


149 


Muick Water, 


128 


Loch Hourii, 


149 


Mallart, - 


164 


Loch Alsh, 


149 


Meig, 
Mark, 


150 


Loch Roshk, 


149 


192 


Loch Ledgowan, 


150 


Nathan Water, 


53 


Loch Achin, 


150 


Nith, 


66 


Loch Fannick, 


150 


Noe, 


113 


Loch Liiichart, 


150 


Naran, 


194 


Loch Beuachan, 


150 


Ness, 


143 


Loch Glass, 


151 


Oxnam Water, 


32 


Loch Moir, 


151 


Orchy, 


109 


Loch Carron, 


151 


Oude, 


114 


Loch Applecross, - 


151 


Oich, ' - 


143 


Loch Gairloeh, 


151 


Orrin, 


151 


Loch Broom, 


151 


Oikel, 


155 


Loch Ling, 
Loch Taniff, 


151 


Orr, 


181 


152 


Peffer, 


39 


Loch Maree, 


152 


Powtrail Water, - 


44 


Loch Fuir, 


152 


Poulloch Water, - 


85 


Loch-na-Shallag-, - 


152 


Pallanshock, 


139 


Loch Ailsh, 


155 


Pow Water, 


194 


Loch Assint, 


156 


Peffery Burn, 


151 


Loanan, 


156 


Quair, 


14 


Loch Invers, 


156 


Queich, North, 


186 


Loch Errard, 


166 


Queich, South, 


186 


Loch Ardvar, 


156 


Rule, 


31 







202 






PAOS 




PAGE 


Rhians Burn, 


166 


Tendal Water, 


114 


Rasay, 


150 


Torisdale, - 


116 


SUtrig, - 


31 


Tay, 


117 


Snar Water, 


46 


Tummel, - 


117 


Sark, 


60 


Turriff Water, 


133 


St. Mary's Loch, - 


62 


Trium Water, 


134 


Scar, 


72 


Turlich, - 


134 


Shira, 


106 


Tervie Water, 


136 


SaddeU, - 


116 


Thurso, 


174 


Sunadale, - 


116 


Traligill, - 


156 


Skipness, - 


116 


Tyvie, 


159 


Stanack Burn, 


125 


Tarf, 


192 


Shevock, - 


130 


Turret, 


192 


Spey, 


133 


Urr, 


80 


Skiack Burn, 


151 


Ure Water, 


114 


Strathbeg Water, - 


162 


Urr (Aberdeenshire), 


129 


Strathy, - 


163 


Ugie, 


133 


Skelpick Burn, 


164 


Whitadder, 


35 


Strathmore, 


166 


Whitewater, 


39 


Shinery, 


166 


White Loch, 


49 


Tweed, 


7 


Wamphray Bum, - 


64 


Teviot, 


27 


Wick, 


173 


Tyne, 


38 


West Water, 


191 


Tarras Water, 


59 


Water Cruick, 


191 


Tarf Water, 


81 


White Water, 


194 


Tig, 


88 


Yarrow, - 


15 


Teith, • - 


105 


Ythan, 


132 





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LIST OF FISHING-TACKLE DEALERS IN LONDON, 


Those marked with an * are also Mannfacturers. 


*Amge & Aldred, 


.126, Oxford Street. 


*Wm. H. Alfred, 


. 54, Moorgate Street. 


John Anderson, 


.71, Long Acre. 


John Jas, Basin, 


. 8, Duncan Place, London Fields. 


*John Bernard, 


. . 4, Church Place, Piccadilly. 


John Billington, 


. .93, Charlton Street, Somers Town. 


♦William Blacker,.... 


. 54, Dean Street, Soho. 


*Geo. BoAvness & Son, 


. .12, Bell Yard, Temple Bar. 


♦Geo. Bowness, Jun . . 


. .33, Bell Yard, Temple Bar. 


"Wm. Brain, 


. .Park Side, Knightsbridge. 


Edw. Brander, 


. .27, Wormwood Street, Bishopsgate. 


♦John Cheek, 


..132 Oxford Street. 

. .5, Oakley Street, Lambeth. 


Eobert Cove, 


♦Joseph Clark, 


. .11, St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell. 


♦E. Creed, 


. .33, Wilderness Row, Goswell Street. 


♦Joseph Cureton, 


. . 48, Snows Fields, Bermondsey. 


E. Davis 


. . 60, Hungerford Market. 


H. Dixon, 


..172, Fenchurch Street. 


Wm. Edmonds, 


..15, East Road, City Road. 


♦Chas. Farlow, 


..221, Strand. 


♦John Farlow, 


. . 5, Crooked Lane. 


Marco Fernandez, 


. . 2, Devonshire Sq. Bish. Gut Mercht. 


♦Alfred Gould 


..36, Great Marylebone Street. 


♦Chas. Holmes, 


..115, Fetter Lane. 


♦John Spear Holroyd . 


...59, Gracechurch Street. 


Thos. Jackson, 


. ..220, Bethnal Green Road. 


♦Mrs. Jones, 


. .111, Jermyn Street, St. James. 


Henry Joy, 


. .6, Opera Arcade, Pall Mall. 


♦Giles Little, 


. .15, Fetter Lane. 


Barnett Myers, 


...18, Crutchfriars. 


♦Samuel Roberts, 


. .10, Crooked Lane. 


Thos. Roblow 


, . 30, Upper Marylebone Street. 





204 


Jolin Sanderson 


. . 9, Blackfriars Road. 


* Henry Turpin, . 


. . . 124, St. John Street Road. 


*Ustonson & Peters, . , 


...48, Bell Yard, Temple Bar. 


George Eaton, 


..6 and 7 Crooked Lane, City. 


Wm. Bartlett & Sons, 


...37, Gresham Street, City. 


G. Chambers & Co., . . 


. . 14a, Gresham Street, City. 


J. J. W. Gutch & Co., 


...50,KingWmiamSt. City, HookMaker. 


Kirby, Beard & Co., . . 


. . 46, Cannon Street, City. 


James Mills 


. . 7, East Cheap. 


AbelMorrall, 


..134, Upper Thames Street. 


James Pardow, 


. . 44, Basinghall Street. 


Geo. Tarney, 


. . 106, Wood Street, City. 


Henry Wallur, 

A FEW PROVINCE 


. 1, Gresham Street, West. 


iL FISHING-TACKLE DEALERS. 


Murray, 


. . Arran Quay, Dublin. 


Martin Kelly, 


..Sackville Street, Dublin. 


' W. K. Rogers, Esq., . . 


..Cork. 


Hacket, 


. Great George Street, Cork. 


O'Shaughnessy, 


. .Limerick. 


J. D. Dougall, 


. .Argyle Arcade, Glasgow. 


Forrest, 


..Kelso. 


Douglass, 


. Edinburgh. 


Flinn, 


. .Worcester. 


Frederick AUiers, 


. St. John's, Worcester. 


John Edmondson, 


. .Livei-pool. 


Mr. Spalding 


. . Near the Bridge, Richmond, Surrey. 


Mr. E. Lees, 


.At the sign of the Salmon, 5, Sussex 




Street, near Broadmarsh, Notting- 




hamshire. 


Mr. Philip Pulman, . . . 


. .Axminster. 


Mr. G. P. R. Pulman,. 


. . Crewkerne. 


Mr. Holroyd, 


. .Cookham, Berks. 



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